March 10, 2015

MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week: Syrian Crisis

This week marks the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of Syria's civil war.

'At the beginning of the conflict...1 million people needed humanitarian assistance inside the country. Today, that figure stands at 12.2 million. 3.8 million people have fled to neighbouring countries. We must not allow the world to forget Syria and the atrocities being committed against its people.'

-Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang in briefing to Security Council, 28 January 2015

Last Sunday Bishop Antoine Audo sj, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo and President of Caritas Syria, wrote in the British paper, The Telegraph, 'I am sustained by the daily acts of solidarity from my brothers and sisters around the world ... And as I walk through the dust and the rubble, I am not afraid.

St Paul’s virtues of faith, hope and love have rarely been in greater need, or under greater pressure, as we face the fourth year of this war. But I have faith in God’s protection, hope for our future, and my love of this country and all its peoples will outlast this war. I must believe that, and I pray that you...will stand with us as long as our struggles endure.'

Let us join our prayers for peace with those of Bishop Audo and the Syrian people.

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Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: "Azaz Syria during the Syrian Civil War Missing front of House" by Voice of America News: Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvOZnXeJs3M&feature=plcp. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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