Support the Christians in Syria
The conflict in Syria, which began in 2011 and continues to this day, has created one of the worst humanitarian disasters since World War II. After eight years of war, Syria literally lies in ruin. Nor are the souls of the people fairing any better. Hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees and countless men, women and children emotionally scarred for life.
While more than 1.5 million Christians lived in Syria before the war, their number has dwindled to around 500,000 in the aftermath. The modest prosperity that many of them had attained before
the war is gone. For most, life has now become about survival. Our aid is provided in close consultation with local Church decision-makers. The bishops and priests, as well as the deacons and sisters in the parishes, know best which families need what form of aid most urgently. Sometimes this is milk, sometimes a rent subsidy, sometimes medicine or clothing.
Perhaps the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, describes the situation best: “The people of Syria no longer seek freedom. They now seek daily bread, water, gas to cook, a few litres of fuel. Then there is the search for a lost brother, sister, parents and friends – a quiet undertaking, full of fear and hope. Finding a shelter for the family in a country in ruins seems hopeless, more like a dream.”
Aid to the Church in Need has been on the ground with the Christians of Syria through this whole crisis. We will not leave our brothers and sisters alone. We will support them as we must with our prayers and our resources. We must continue to provide them with the sure hope that they are not forgotten by God, or by us.
A Prayer for the People of Syria
Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.
O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
If you would like to offer a Mass for the situation in Syria you can arrange a Mass here.