July 5, 2017 //


Women light candles before attending Christmas Eve Mass at the Melkite Catholic Cathedral in Damascus, Syria. In his message, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called attention to “our beloved brothers and sisters of Syria and Iraq … deprived of the Christmas joy, having endured the horrible consequences of war, violence and all kind of persecutions.” (CNS photo/Youssef Badawi, EPA) See CHRISTMAS-MIDDLE-EAST-PATRIARCHS Dec. 27, 2016.

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