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VATICAN CITY - The rise of political Islam in the Middle East is "a threat for all," the main rapporteur for this
Coptic patriarch of Egypt's Alexandria says many Christians emigrating from Middle East.
month's Vatican synod conference of Christian leaders from the region said on Monday.
The inhabitants of the Middle East -- Christians, Jews and Muslims -- should all "confront these extremist currents together," Antonios Naguib, who is the Coptic patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt, told reporters.
He said many Christians were emigrating from the Middle East because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq, the economic situation, the rise in Muslim fundamentalism and restrictions of freedoms.
The synod opened with a mass on Sunday and ends on October 24.
Naguib also criticised the situation in the Palestinian Territories.
"Life is very difficult and sometimes unacceptable" there and "the position of Christian Arabs is very delicate," he said, adding that the current conditions in the area "favour fundamentalism."