- Jul 12, 2020
Pope Francis’s 2013 trip to Lampedusa was just four and a half hours long, but rarely has a mere half-day in the life of a papacy been so replete with both symbolism and substance.
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing, Pope Francis asked people to also remember the ongoing crises in Syria and Yemen, and he offered prayers to the thousands of people in western Ukraine suffering the effects of violent flooding.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has urged Washington to take concrete actions to safeguard religious freedoms established in northeast Syria, an area imperiled by Turkish troops and allied militants.
Despite being surrounded by war, persecution and destruction, the archbishop of war-torn Aleppo in Syria says that he’s still able to find happiness.
The Vatican’s ambassador to Syria has urged the international community not to forget the country, which has been crippled by a decade of civil war, and appealed for governments to assist Syrian migrants and refugees living abroad.
Robert Chelhod is Syrian living in Aleppo who works for AMU (Azione per un Mondo Unito – Actions for a United World), an NGO associated with the Focolare Catholic lay movement.