- Jun 17, 2021
The Syriac Catholic patriarch said the situation in Syria “continues to be humanly unbearable and devastating” and risks emptying the war-torn country of its Christian community for good.
In Easter messages, two Catholic patriarchs criticized the situation in Lebanon and urged the faithful to cling to the hope of the Resurrection despite the prevailing darkness.
A week after the Vatican called on the international community to lift the sanctions imposed against Syria, an official from the United States Department of State argued that they target the “regime and criminal behavior” of Bashar al-Assad and not the people.
Several Catholic leaders in Syria and the heads of major aid organizations have joined forces in condemning economic sanctions against the country, arguing that they have little political impact but make the people suffer.
Several top Church officials in Syria, including the Vatican’s ambassador to the country, have praised Pope Francis’s visit to Iraq earlier this month, saying the visit sent a message of hope to the entire region.
Food, cooking fuel, jobs and, especially, hope are hard to come by in Syria, said two Catholic leaders reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the war.
Ten years after Syria’s bloody civil war began, the country remains in the throes of a massive economic and social crisis with rampant poverty being the next major battle it faces.
In a Lenten letter to the faithful Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, a parish priest in Aleppo, Syria, recalls the suffering of the local community after ten years of war, a crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, in a country that has virtually no hospitals working at full capacity.