The Prince of Wales has recorded a message of support for persecuted Christians around the world.

The message was released on Good Friday and has been inspired by The Prince's recent meetings with Christian Church leaders from the Middle East. His Royal Highness has worked for many years to encourage inter-faith dialogue, greater understanding of different religions both in Britain and abroad.

In the recording, The Prince of Wales says:

Over the years, I have met many who have had to flee for their faith and for their life – or have somehow endured the terrifying consequences of remaining in their country – and I have been so deeply moved, and humbled, by their truly remarkable courage and by their selfless capacity for forgiveness, despite all that they have suffered.

This Easter I want to salute the fortitude of all those who, whatever their faith, are persecuted for remaining faithful to the true essence of their beliefs.