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The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal speaks during his annual pre-Christmas press conference Monday.

JERUSALEM — The top Roman Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land says he is concerned about the fate of Christians because of upheavals sweeping the Middle East.

In his annual pre-Christmas address in Jerusalem, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal told his followers that he supports the changes taking place in favor of freedom and democracy and called on Christians to take part in the movements.

He also said he was praying for authorities to "protect the minorities" in the region.