- Dec 7, 2019
Humanitarian concerns are growing as people caught in the crosshairs of the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria try to flee for safety, and groups are scrambling to aid them.
Catholic patriarchs from the Middle East invoked hope in their Easter messages to people suffering from terrorism, wars, displacement and economic hardship.
Several Mideast-based Christians working on the Syria crisis have joined a growing chorus about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull some 2,000 American troops from Syria. They say it puts Christians at risk and could force them to flee again, and they want the decision reversed.
On Friday Pope Francis and Mar Gewargis III of the Assyrian Church of the East joined their voices in solidarity with persecuted Christians, calling for a political solution to bring peace to the Middle East, stopping the exodus of Christians from the region.
Faced with the ever-present fear that Christianity will disappear from the Middle East, leaders from both Catholic and Orthodox rites in Iraq have said their unity is key to ensuring that their churches are there to stay.
In war-torn Aleppo, Syria, the Syriac Catholic patriarch proclaimed that “the will of life has overcome death; hope and security have overcome despair and chaos. Our people have overcome.”