- Jan 18, 2020
In war-torn Aleppo, Syria, the Syriac Catholic patriarch proclaimed that “the will of life has overcome death; hope and security have overcome despair and chaos. Our people have overcome.”
Driven by a zeal and strong ties to the roots of their faith, 450 young people from all over the world gathered in Lebanon for the first Syriac Youth International Convention, open to people 18-35.
The patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church denounced a statement issued by the head of the World Council of Churches regarding the situation in Syria, in particular the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.
When the Islamic State unleashed its offensive on the Nineveh Plains in 2014 they bombed parts of San Behnam and Sara monastery, destroying the tombs of the namesake saints. However, since its liberation, monks have moved back in and are working to restore the areas that have either been burned or bombed.
Farid Georges, a Syriac Christian from Homs, Syria, is bringing the story of violence and displacement in his country to Catholic cathedrals of northwest England and Wales in an exhibition called “Portraits of Faith: Syria’s Christians Search for Peace.”