ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jordanian immigrants take Communion at an
Arabic-language Mass in Albuquerque. Lebanese-Americans help raise
nearly $2 million for major improvements to a West Virginia church.
Iraqi refugees who practice an ancient religion that views John the
Baptist as their teacher hold baptisms in a Massachusetts pond popular
for rowing regattas.
As war, the economy and persecution by Muslim
extremists push Arab Christians and religious minorities out of the
Middle East, the refugees and immigrants are quietly settling in small
pockets across the U.S. They are reviving old, dormant churches,
bringing together families torn apart by war and praying collectively in
Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. Religious experts say their
growing presence in the U.S. is all about survival as Christians and
religious minorities continue to get pushed out of the Holy Land.
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