Few places are as central as Syria to the long history of Christianity. Saul of Tarsus made his conversion here, reputedly on the Street Called Straight, which still exists in Damascus. It was in these lands that he conducted his first missions to attract non-Jews to the nascent faith.
A century ago, the Levant supported a
population that was perhaps 20% Christian. Now it is closer to 5%. Syria
today hosts vibrant, if dwindling, communities of various ancient
sects: Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Greek
Catholics and Armenian Orthodox.
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