Among those cared for by the Franciscans in the centers in Aleppo are abandoned young people with Down syndrome and autism, as well as pregnant mothers in need of assistance.
"We are worried about the continuation of this project because as you know the situation, the economical situation in Syria is very bad," Lufti said.
The Franciscan Care Center in Aleppo is one of the projects funded by the Catholic Church's Good Friday Collection this year.
The Good Friday Collection to be taken in churches throughout the world April 10 will benefit Catholic holy sites and ministries in the Holy Land, as well as in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and other countries in the region.
Most of the collection is administered by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, which is among the oldest and largest Catholic institutions in the Holy Land. The province was founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1217, just eight years after he founded the Franciscan order.
The Congregation for Eastern Churches also uses a percentage of the Good Friday Collection to support the formation of candidates for the priesthood in the Middle East.
"You know well what severe trials the Church in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East has endured over the centuries," Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, said in his appeal for the Good Friday Collection this year.
"Long and exhausting wars continue to produce millions of refugees and strongly influence the future of entire generations. They see themselves deprived of the most basic goods such as the right to a peaceful childhood, to a harmonious school education, to dedicating one's youth to looking for a job and forming a family, to discovering one's vocation, to an industrious and dignified adult life, and to a peaceful old age," he said.
"The Church continues to work to safeguard the Christian presence and to give voice to the voiceless," the cardinal said.