- Nov 24, 2020
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.
Religious freedom advocates and medical practitioners have expressed concerns about the COVID-19 response in northeast Syria.
In the name of Pope Francis, the Congregation for Eastern Churches said it is sending 10 ventilators to Syria and three to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East, in Easter messages from churches barren of the faithful due to the coronavirus, lamented the scourge of the pandemic while evoking the hope of the Resurrection.
Cardinal Mario Zenari, the nuncio to Syria, said he is raising special prayers these days to Sts. Cosmas and Damian, fourth-century physicians who offered free care for the sick in Syria.