December 2012
Syria ATS pro Terra Sancta

Don’t forget the Syrian Christians, who are looking forward to Christmas caught between difficulties and hope

The news arriving from Syria is not very reassuring. Father Halim, a Lebanese friar of the Custody of the Holy Land and regional minister for the St. Paul Region, is following with apprehension the evolution of the situation there. In close contact with his Syrian brothers, he has permitted his account of the real situation experienced by Christians in the civil war to be recorded by the Franciscan Media Center.

Speaking of the Christians in Syria and how they are living through this difficult period, the Franciscan father said:

They say that they have no hope except for God. Nothing can save them unless there is a miracle from above. One friar told me that people have seen that the churches – despite all the difficulties – are full during Mass and the Eucharistic celebrations. And occasionally even more so than in normal times. The parish priest asked the people: and why do you come? And they replied: If we must die, better to die in church than at home. And hence despite everything there still remains a glimmer of hope, of people who are still trying and who have a strong faith in God. And he is the only one who can save them. The Prince of Peace whom we celebrate at Christmas, let him bring peace to the hearts of all the Syrians, let there be peace everywhere.

With Christmas nearly upon us, please do not forget the Christians and all the people who live in Syria.


Let us help the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land to bring relief to the Syrian people!


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