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The exile of Iraqi Christians, a living, proximate reminder of the insecurities facing the region's minorities, has revived fears in Lebanon of the spread of extremism in a region destabilized and disintegrating.Christians in Lebanon have had a bigger role to play in the country than ever before, they said.Sayah is the vicar general of the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkirki and the curial bishop of Antioch, though he insisted he was speaking in the interview in his personal capacity and not as a representative of patriarch.He said the Christians in Lebanon tend to have a pessimistic view of where the country is headed, but that the community is doing "reasonably well within the present reality". Despite that, Sayah says that Christians now have a greater say in how the country is run, being increasingly nominated and appointed in key positions in the state.Indeed, when discussing rising extremism, Sayah frames it as a threat that faces both Muslims and Christians.Kassarji also insisted that Lebanon is exceptional, though the fearsome prospect of Christian exile is on display here at the diocese. Chaldeans are a minority among Lebanese Christians, but in Iraq, 30 out of the 35 churches there are Chaldean.Sayah and Kassarji both agreed that the Christians must remain here.
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