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Pressure mounts on Syria's Christians, archbishop reports

June 03, 2013

"We see only chaos and destruction in a conflict that is against everything and everyone,” reports Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria.

The Syrian prelate said that the words of Pope Francis, pleading for peace in Syria during his Angelus audience on June 2, brought some “consolation and hope” to the people. But he said that the country is being “reduced to rubble” after months of warfare.

Expressing particular thanks to the Pope for mentioning kidnap victims, Archbishop Jeanbart observed that those who have been kidnapped have frequently been involved in humanitarian work. He voiced his fears that others would be deterred from engaging in relief efforts. The archbishop added that many Christians are preparing to leave Syria “in search of a decent life.”


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