Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pressure mounts on Syria's Christians, archbishop reports

Catholic World News - 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.”

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 five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,580 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,420.48
53% 47%
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

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20