When Pope John Paul II visited Lebanon in 1997 and the country was under Syrian occupation, it was “a bad situation.”
Christianity began in the Middle East, and now Christians are being forced to flee their homes in record numbers. Anne, Mariam and the other refugees I met are real people. They have names and faces and dreams just like you and me. But their dreams have been taken away from them due to hatred and persecution. The Arab Refugee Christians in the USA (ARC-USA) is one organization trying to help.
Israel and the U.S. have expressed growing concern about the rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria, which is “armed to the teeth with chemical weapons, or weapons of mass destruction. There are fears that these weapons – which have been moved about the country over the past few days, could potentially fall into the hands of rebel forces.”
Syria’s tacit admission that it has weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, in particular chemical weapons has horrified members of the international community, While the Syrian government has reiterated that it would never use these weapons against the civilian population in the ongoing uprising, world leaders have not been mollified.
The apostolic delegate to Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari, has described it as a “slow descent to hell”.
Mgr Mario Zenari, the papal nuncio in Syria, describes the human devastation caused by the war. There is the danger that factional hatreds might last decades. Christian, Alawi and Sunni leaders in Homs propose dialogue and reconciliation. UN report blames regime and rebels of torturing children.
Violence has continued unabated since Syria agreed on Nov. 2 to an Arab-brokered peace deal that called for the Syria to halt violence against protesters