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Syrian Christians feel abandoned, papal nuncio reports

February 26, 2015

Syrian Christians feel abandoned by the world, the apostolic nuncio in Damascus has told Vatican Radio.

Archbishop Mario Zenari said that fearful Syrian Christians have seen no improvement in the conditions in their country, and many are preparing to leave—joining the tens of thousands who have already left.

Archbishop Zenari said that Syrians face two separate disasters: “the civil war front which has been going on for almost five years, a conflict which has killed over 200,000 people, has injured more than a million and displaced 11 million; and then there are all the terrible things that are happening in the areas under the control of the so-called Islamic State.” Together, they amount to one of the world’s greatest humanitarian tragedies since World War II, he said.

"The civil conflict must be halted but so must the advance of the so-called caliphate," the papal nuncio said.


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  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2015 10:24 PM ET USA

    It is shameful that these people are not getting the help they need now. The west needs to do more than just bomb ISIS!! Governments should not announce their plans lest they embolden the enemy.