Homs, Syria, Aug 11, 2016 / 21:08 pm
The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria.
When the area was occupied by the Syrian civil war’s opposition forces, they turned the cathedral into a military headquarters.
The occupation took its toll. Icons of the cathedral were stolen, severely damaged or defaced. The marble columns were almost completely ruined. The ambo has been targeted by gunfire, while many furnishings were burned.
In the crypt, the tombs of priests were desecrated. One body was torn from its resting place.