Syria is in the throes of an eight-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But does the so-called “Arab Spring” bode well for Christians in the Middle East?
Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan of Antioch is not so sure. He has been deeply concerned by the uprising and increasing violence in Syria.
A native of Hassakeh, Syria, Patriarch Younan is the shepherd of approximately 150,000 Syriac Catholics worldwide, with about 30,000 to 40,000 in Syria, about 50,000 in Iraq and some 25,000 in the United States and Canada.
In 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him as the first bishop of the newborn diocese of Our Lady of Deliverance for Syriac Catholics in the...READ MORE