PODCAST: What next for the endangered Christians of Syria and Egypt?

Women mourn for the victims of the blast at the Coptic Christian Saint Mark's church in Alexandria (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

This month has witnessed dramatic events in both Syria and Egypt.

US president Donald Trump launched a missile attack on Syria while shocking attacks on Christian churches in Egypt took place on Palm Sunday. Since then ISIS have claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint near Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai.

What is the current situation for Christians in Syria and Egypt who much of the world seem to have forgotten? Will US military action against President Assad benefit them and why is Pope Francis still resolved to visit Egypt at such an unstable time?

Finally, how can Catholics use the forthcoming General Election to help persecuted Christians?

I spoke to John Pontifex of the charity Aid to the Church in Need to discuss the latest events in Syria and Egypt and the impact on endangered Christians living there.