Prince Charles: religious persecution has 'echoes of dark days of 1930s'

The Prince of Wales has released a message describing the “evil” of religious persecution today.

In the video message recorded exclusively for Aid to the Church in Need – which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day – Prince Charles speaks out against the persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Jews, Ahmadis, Baha’is and other groups and stresses how, for some people, religious freedom is a daily stark choice between life and death.

Referencing last month’s ACN's Religious Freedom in the World 2016 Report, The Prince highlighted the survey’s key finding that extremism is seeking to eliminate all types of religious diversity.

He says: "We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive towards those who adhere to a minority faith.

"All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s.

He added: "I was born in 1948, just after the end of World War Two, in which my parents' generation had fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and an inhuman attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe."

Charles also described a recent meeting with a Jesuit priest from Syria who feared there may not be a single Christian left in Iraq within five years.

ACN is responding further to the plight and suffering of Christians around the world, with a particular focus on Syria and Iraq. Relief programmes across the region are providing vital aid including food, medicine, shelter and pastoral support.

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