In Christian history, St. Paul was converted on the road to Damascus and established the first organized Christian Church at Antioch. It is a land of fertile plains, mountains and deserts and diverse ethnic groups. Syria is one of Israel’s harshest opponents, exacerbated by Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights.
Glorious Mysteries: Intentions for Syria
1. That those whose lives are lived in fear may find strength in God
2. That political leaders respond to the legitimate calls for reform
3. That painful divisions in society find healing through men of faith
4. That the darkness of violence be dispelled by the light of truth.
5. That political and electoral reform may pave the way to a peaceful transition of power from the Baath party.