Syrian Christians leaving the Country

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

By Joseph DeCaro

(Worthy News) - A Syrian Catholic leader has issued an impassioned plea for young people to stay in Syria, according to the Catholic Herald.

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III said the mass exodus of young believers from the country raises questions about the future of the church in Syria.

"The almost communal wave of youth emigration, especially in Syria, but also in Lebanon and Iraq breaks my heart, wounding me deeply and dealing me a deadly blow," he said.

"Given this tsunami of emigration … what future is left for the Church? What will become of our homeland? What will become of our parishes and institutions? … Despite all your suffering, stay! Be patient! Don’t emigrate! Stay for the Church, your homeland, for Syria and its future! Stay! Do stay!"

At least 450,000 Christians of Syria’s previous population of 1.17 million are either internally displaced, or living abroad as refugees.

1 thought on “Syrian Christians leaving the Country

  1. The rate of persecution world wide is the fulfillment of end-time prophecy. Matthew 24 is knocking at the door. My prayer is God's grace to endure to the end. Our Redeemer is watching. Satan know his time short. Be firm in the faith
    and you will smile at last. May God strengthen us in Jesus name.

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