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Franciscan official says peaceful areas of Syria offer window of hope

“They are trying to go to other countries to look for a future,” Father Mejia said of Syria’s dwindling Christian population.

“But they also know — not only the priests, but the families — that if the children go to another country, they are going to lose their faith. They are already experiencing that in Europe and other countries. They have a better life, but no faith.”

Father Mejia said he realized that visits like his — foreigners traveling to be with the people, to listen to them — are “very touching” to the Syrian people.

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