The religious sister also stressed that the suffering caused by shortages in the city, such as water, food and shelter, has resulted in Christian and Muslim neighbors working together to survive.
"Today we all share the same lot. Everyone is suffering because of this situation. They help each other out. The people of Aleppo are very respectful and very open, thanks be to God," she said. "That makes it easier for good relationships among everyone."
Sister María Sponsa said that the home of the Incarnate Word sisters in Aleppo is open to anyone who wants to visit them.
"People like to come to the house. And so we have little get-togethers, have a little coffee," she said. "We even have coffee with the people after Sunday Mass. They enjoy it. They talk with us and get a little relief from the situation they're going through."
For Sister Maria Sponsa, Syrians "express affection very differently from Latinos."
"It seems to me they're much warmer," she said. "For example after five minutes they say 'I miss you.' When they know you well they call you and ask how you're doing."
"There, you hardly come into a house and they don't ask you if you're going to have coffee. They say, 'with or without sugar?' They talk with you for five minutes and then they give you the coffee," she commented.
The Franciscans and the Salesians usually prepare the Christian children, youths and adults to receive the sacraments for the first time.
The religious sister said that every Thursday the sisters get together with the young college students they welcome into their home.
"We talk, we give them a little doctrine, sometimes we watch movies and play board games," she said. "For them it's a time of fun and distraction. They're always waiting for it to be Thursday so we can get together."
They also organize a co-ed gathering once a month, since the men live with the priests of the same institute.
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"When we can take a little walk, we go to the park, although it's not that safe. We watch movies with them or we invite them."
The Syrian civil war began in March 2011 with demonstrations against the nation's president, Bashar al-Assad. The war has claimed the lives of more than 320,000 people, and forced 4.8 million to become refugees. Another 8 million Syrians are believed to have been internally displaced by the violence.