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A priest throws water during a mass inside the St. Mark’s Church in Cairo, Saturday, December 22, 2012.
A priest throws water during a mass inside the St. Mark’s Church in Cairo, Saturday, December 22, 2012.
(Shawn Baldwin For The Globe and Mail)

PATRICK MARTIN

Christians in the Middle East: Last one please blow out the candle

As Pope Francis visits the Holy Land of Jordan, Palestine and Israel this weekend, he may pass a number of Christians at the airport bound for the exit.

The steady trickle of Arab Christians leaving the region has turned to a flood in recent years as those from the Holy Land have been joined by hundreds of thousands of others seeking refuge from conflict in Syria, Iraq and Egypt.