» 01/17/2013, 00.00
VATICAN - SYRIA
For Syriac Catholic patriarch of Antioch, US, EU and Gulf states stir hatred in Syria
For Ignatius Joseph III Younan, a Christian presence in Syria is essential for confessional reconciliation between Alawis and Sunnis. Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Aleppo university blast that killed 87. The violence of Muslim extremists and government forces could wipe out Syria forever. Patriarch calls on young Christians to stay in the Middle East to be witnesses of peace.
Pope praying for the release of Mgrs Ibrahim and Boulos al-Yaziji
Speaking to AsiaNews, Archbishop Jeanbart calls on the West to ends its "indifference". All Catholic bishops in Aleppo are "saddened and concerned" about the kidnapping of the two Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox prelates. Kidnappers are thought to be foreign fighters. Even the Orthodox Patriarchate in Moscow shares the pain of Syria's Churches.
Maaloula: Christians flee village where people still speak the language of Jesus
A village priest tells AsiaNews about the mayhem caused by Islamists. Of the more than 3,000 residents, only a few hundred remain in the village. By destroying "the cross, they want to send a clear message: it is now the turn of the Christians. Now anything can happen
For pope, the persecution of Christians in the Middle East strengthens bonds between the Catholic and Syro-Orthodox Churches
This morning’s Vatican meeting between Francis and Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East focused on "The blood of the martyrs" as the "seed of unity of the Church". Bemoaning “So much suffering! So many innocent victims,” the pontiff added that “In the face of all this, it seems that the powers of this world are incapable of finding solutions.”
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
Receiving in audience Ignace Youssif III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch and of the Syriac Catholic Church, Pope Francis speaks of the diaspora caused by the conflicts in the region. "This movement towards countries considered to be safer impoverishes the Christian presence in the Middle East", "Witnessing to the Gospel when in discussions, is sometimes not easy, with people of different religions and ethnicities and religions."
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Catechist in Aleppo, where faith overwhelms fear and violence
Rania Salouji is a 40-year-old Christian woman. She is married to Grigor and they have two kids, 17 and 14. At the beginning of the war she thought about fleeing but chose to stay. She was anxious for months when her husband was held captive and she is still traumatised by the death of a boy killed by a rocket near the catechism centre. Each day she entrusts her children to Our Lady, reciting the Rosary. We must “live normally, as much as possible”.
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