Damascus, Syria, Oct 28, 2021 / 04:05 am
Pope Francis has donated $170,000 to the Catholic Church in Syria for its charitable work with the poor.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, announced on Oct. 26 that each of the country’s 17 ecclesiastical circumscriptions would receive $10,000.
He was speaking to an assembly of Syrian bishops in the capital, Damascus, during an Oct. 25-Nov. 3 visit to the country where more than 350,000 people have been killed since civil war broke out in 2011.
The 77-year-old Argentine cardinal explained that his congregation was making the donation in the pope’s name to address the areas of greatest need identified by each bishop.