SYRIA - LEBANON - Greek-Catholic bishops call for a united free, democratic and pluralistic Syria [AN]


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The meeting of Greek-Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Syria was held in Lebanon because of the situation in Syria. In a statement, the prelates call for closeness and solidarity with the victims, urging people not to forget the bishops, priests and faithful who were abducted. Noting that at least 100 churches have been damaged or destroyed, they offer their best wishes to Pope Francis and call upon people not to let “the flame of hope” die.

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Praying this Great Lent for peace for Syria.

"Ultimately, “We want a united, free, democratic and pluralistic Syria,” they said, “where everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship, where everyone lives in dignity, whatever their social background or community.”

At a time of the Great Lent, the bishops call on the faithful “to pray and fast, as well as show solidarity for the displaced, both inside Syria and abroad.”

Stressing their determination, the bishops said that they would not to be carried away “by despair, dejection or fear, despite the magnitude of the test and a tragedy that is getting worse day by day.”

Having “fully heard the pope’s voice and his prayers for Syria, which urge us not lose the courage to pray or let the flame of hope die in our hearts,” the Greek-Catholic Bishops’ conference calls upon all Syrians to “work with everything at their disposal at the local, regional and international levels to achieve a ceasefire, and open a dialogue for reconciliation and reconstruction.”


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