In the Nov. 26 issue of America, a weekly Catholic magazine, Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., recounts a recent trip to Syria with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services.
Fr. Groody is an associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, a Holy Cross apostolate.
In the article, Fr. Groody parallels the Syria of today with the region in biblical times. The aim of the USCCB trip was to better understand the Syrian refugee crisis and to strengthen the support network between the organization and other relief agencies, as well as to recommend possible solutions. “The refugees wanted us to bring back the message that they are hungry, needy, homeless and moving into the winter months, with little protection from the elements,” Fr. Groody wrote.
According to the story, about 40,000 people have died in the conflict. The number of refugees, mostly women and children, could reach 1.5 million by June.
You can read Fr. Groody’s complete story at America magazine online.