- Nov 28, 2020
Earlier this week Christians in Syria, particularly members of the Maronite Catholic Church, got a silver lining amid the woes of war and the coronavirus when the ancient Cathedral of Saint Elijah in Aleppo was formally reopened after years of restoration.
Three Catholic-run hospitals providing life-saving services free of charge to vulnerable Syrians hope to aid some 50,000 patients by the project’s end next year.
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.