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Patriarch grateful to Russia for military intervention in Syria

January 29, 2016

The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, welcomed the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War.

In the four months since Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, began its air strikes against rebel forces and the Islamic State, “many things have changed on the ground,” said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

“The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation,” he continued. “Russia has helped Syria a great deal to retake and liberate cities and villages under the control of terrorist group[s].”

Emphasizing that “Syrian Christians are grateful to Russia,” the patriarch also thanked the Russian Orthodox Church for its support of Syria’s persecuted Christians.


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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Jan. 31, 2016 4:05 PM ET USA

    A small bird fell out of its nest onto the ground. It was cold and exposed to the elements until a cow came by and deposited a large cow patty near the bird. The cow patty kept the little bird warm and protected. Then a cat came by and cleaned the cow patty off the little bird.....and ate it! The moral of the story is that not everyone who at first seems a friend and a savior when the dung falls on you is out for your benefit! With friends like Putin, the Patriarch and Syria need no enemies!

  • Posted by: dmva9806 - Jan. 30, 2016 12:00 PM ET USA

    Our own government and president should rethink its policy re the Syrian rebellion - it has done far more harm than good, esp. to our Christian brethren. We should have learned from our own failed policy in Iraq, which has spawned or at least greatly assisted the rise of radical Muslim power.