Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Syrian prelate sees dangers for Christians, urges West to help stop fighting

Catholic World News - August 16, 2012

Escalating violence in Syria is now threatening the people of Aleppo, reports the city’s Melkite Catholic leader, Archbishop Jean Clement Jeanbart.

Archbishop Jeanbart said that the struggle to oust the Assad regime has attracted support from Islamic groups outside Syria, and “we have fundamentalists coming from Libya, from Jordan, from Egypt, from several other countries.”

The Christians of Aleppo have not been involved in the fighting to date, the archbishop reported, and “we made it clear to everybody that we are not part of this fighting.” But militant Muslims—especially those from outside Syria—view Christians with suspicion, he said. Consequently the Christian population could be at risk. The archbishop pleaded with international leaders to help arrange peace talks. “We’d like to see European countries, the West, do something” to stop the violence, Archbishop Jeanbart said. As a first step, he said, Western countries should “try not to send arms and push people to fight,” but instead encourage them toward the negotiating table.

The archbishop insisted that Christians are not supporting the Assad regime, but simply seeking to avoid further bloodshed and chaos in Syria.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($21,772 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,228.44
62% 38%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

An unexpected surge in confessions? 13 hours ago
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching 18 hours ago
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20
As Catholic News Unfolds... August 19
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West August 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8