Roman Catholic Cardinal Philippe Barbarin speaks to Iraqi Christian's at a church during a visit in support of displaced Christians in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk on July 31, 2014. (AFP/Marwan Ibrahim)
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Lebanon's ministries will address the growing presence of Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution by the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said in remarks published Saturday.Although the government has not yet issued an official statement about the number of Christian refugees, the spokesperson for the Chaldean Church in Lebanon said some 50 families had recently arrived from Iraq.Lebanon's Christian leaders have been outspoken about the situation of Christians in Iraq's Mosul, where Islamists have forced hundreds to flee their homes.Meanwhile, the issue of Christians in Iraq has deepened existing divisions between Lebanon's main rival Christian parties, with the Lebanese Forces Saturday criticizing the Free Patriotic Movement for taking advantage of such a plight.
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