- Aug 10, 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.
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.
Religious freedom advocates and medical practitioners have expressed concerns about the COVID-19 response in northeast Syria.