Homs, Syria, Mar 30, 2018 / 11:11 am
Christians in Syria have suffered greatly in recent years. Between the Syrian civil war and ISIS occupation, many have lost their homes, their jobs, and many of their material possessions.
"But they have not lost their faith, despite everything," said Josué Villalón, a journalist working for Aid to the Church in Need in Spain, who recently visited some of the projects supported by pontifical foundation in Syria.
"Each person and each family with whom we spoke expressed to us that right now what gives them hope and sustains them is to be able to celebrate the Eucharist – because even though they have lost everything material, they still have Jesus Christ," he told ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish language sister agency.
Aid to the Church in Need is working to help thousands of those displaced by the war and persecution to return to their homes. The agency's Spanish branch contributes more than 600,000 euros annually to help in reconstruction efforts and continuing education for young people.