- Aug 9, 2020
Aleppo has been one of the cities in Syria hardest hit by the country’s vicious civil war, with children experiencing the horrors of war before they even go to school or swim in a neighborhood pool. An innovative ‘Summer Oratory’ run by the city’s Latin rite parish, however, is said to be achieving a ‘transfiguration’ in those children, sowing the seeds of hope.
Until this week, it had been assumed that despite obvious differences over issues such as immigration and climate change, the Vatican under Francis and the White House under Trump at least agreed that now is not the time for an overt push for regime change in Syria. In the wake of reports that President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, that no longer seems the case.
Accepting an award from the Path to Peace Foundation, which supports the Holy See’s U.N. mission, Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, warned that the genocide against Christians and other minorities begun by ISIS in the Middle East will likely succeed by “our own inaction.”