Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will meet at the José Martí International Airport in Havana on Feb. 12 to discuss the genocide of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. This is historic; the leaders of the two churches haven’t met in nearly 1,000 years.

Many are pointing to this as another attempt by Pope Francis to have the Catholic Church reach out to heal old wounds that have separated the Catholic church from other major faiths around the world. It very well may be, but that shouldn’t be allowed to take away from the real issue here. Persecution against Christians is a much bigger problem than most Americans realize.

The political battle over refugees in North America and Europe rages on, but there must be something specifically done for Christians. They aren’t just receiving less help. They’re facing much worse persecution than anyone else. This must be addressed immediately or Christianity can be wiped out from its birthplace.

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