- Feb 17, 2020
Pope Francis right now may be the lone major Western leader who actually has the ear of the figure seemingly poised to win the Syrian war.
Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart, the Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, doubts reports of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army, saying, “it’s incredible to think that the last action of the Syrian army in Ghouta would be killing people in this way.”
Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo spoke at a convention in early August to let people know that he has every intention of restoring Christianity to his city devastated by the war in Syria. He has been publicizing the motto, “Aleppo is waiting for you,” for Christians who have left and are weighing return.
Syrian Muslim and Christian children from the city of Aleppo will come together on Oct. 6 to pray for an end of the dirty war that has torn the country apart. They will also produce a statement to be sent to the world’s major powers, appealing for an end to the massacres that have seen hundreds killed in the last week alone.
Pope Francis told newly appointed bishops last week, “The world is tired of lying spellbinders and … ‘trendy’ priests or bishops. The people sniff them out – they have God’s sense of smell – and they walk away when they recognize narcissists, manipulators, defenders of their own causes, auctioneers of vain crusades.”
Three Middle Eastern bishops, two from Syria and one from Iraq, insisted in a Wednesday press conference during a Knights of Columbus convention that because the U.S. unleashed the present chaos with its 2003 invasion of Iraq, it has a special responsibility to step up to aid Christians at risk.