The last in John Allen’s top four Catholic stories of 2013 is the situation in Syria. 10% of the population there is Christian and the state of affairs for them there is greatly deteriorating. It is increasingly difficult for them to survive as Christians and those who are able flee. This whole region of the globe is an area where Christians are systematically being outlawed and rooted out. The country is in general upheaval but it is the Christian community that are singled out and made the primary victims.
Over the past year the Vatican has made this country its top diplomatic concern. The primary objective is to protect the Christian community there (Catholic and non-Catholic Christian alike) lest this country become “the new Iraq.” This geopolitical concern will carry forth into the next year.
This leads us to the topics for next week: There will be a post on John Allen’s predictions for the top 3 Catholic stories to keep an eye out for in 2013.