Pope concerned about Syriac Catholics fleeing 'inhumanity' in Mideast

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis expressed his concern for members of the Syriac Catholic Church who have had to flee from the “inhumanity” unfolding in the Middle East.

“Many have fled to find refuge from an inhumanity that throws entire populations onto the streets, leaving them without any means for survival,” he said Dec. 12 in a special audience with Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan and about 350 of his faithful from the Syriac Catholic Church.

The audience, made up of bishops, priests and laity from the Eastern-rite church, came after the bishops’ annual synod, which was held in Rome Dec. 8-10. Participants came from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and the Holy Land, as well as from the diaspora communities in Europe and North and South America.


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