Rome Newsroom, Mar 17, 2022 / 14:00 pm
Pope Francis has said that the Catholic Church’s message to Syrians as their country enters its 12th year of war is “you are not forgotten.”
The pope wrote a letter to a gathering of Catholic leaders taking place in Damascus this week, which was read aloud in Arabic on March 15 by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Vatican prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches.
“Although the war in Syria, now in its 12th year, continues to cause suffering, hunger, death, and the ongoing flight of Syrians, great efforts are being made to offer hope and future prospects to those who remain,” Pope Francis said.
“The present conference is an opportunity to say to the Christian community: ‘You are not forgotten; the Church remains particularly concerned for your welfare, for you are the protagonists of the mission of Jesus in this land.’”