Cry of the Persecuted Syriac Christians: ‘What Is Our Future Here?’

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan tells the Register that the existence of his Church is imperiled in war-wracked Syria and Iraq.

by DOREEN ABI RAAD 04/01/2015

Amid the protracted conflict in Syria now entering its fifth year and the uprooting of Christians by the Islamic State in Mosul and the Ninevah Plain in Iraq, the very existence of Syriac Catholics in the region is at stake.

Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch for the Syriac Catholic Church, regularly visits his beleaguered faithful in Syria and Iraq to offer them support and to share in their suffering. They pose to him the same questions that overshadow their daily lives: “What is our future here?”

Patriarch Younan spoke with Register correspondent Doreen Abi Raad March 25 at the patriarchate in Beirut, Lebanon.

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