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Patriarch: 80% of Syriac Catholics now live outside homeland

March 08, 2017

The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, said that 80% of the members of his flock now live outside their homeland.

“The problem is convincing our flock to be patient and return home,” said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan. “It is very hard to convince our young generations to return … It’s not easy to convince our people to live up to their Christian vocation in those very horrendous situations they experience.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 08, 2017 11:30 AM ET USA

    From the cited article: "He explains that their main problem is the chaos that reigns in the region, because chaos is a great enemy of religious minorities, such as Christians. That is why Patriarch Younan asks the great world powers to leave their interests to the side, and impose peace in the region." Note the operative words: "chaos" and "impose." Not only is chaos the enemy of religious minorities, but of the entire Church. By "impose peace," he means _just and honest_ military intervention.