- Jan 24, 2020
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.”
In a joint statement issued by three Syrian patriarchs, they “condemn and denounce the brutal aggression … in our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK.”
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.