CNA Staff, Jul 20, 2020 / 06:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
A Catholic cathedral that was repeatedly struck by missiles amid the Syrian civil war was due to reopen Monday following its restoration.
The Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo was bombarded with missiles on at least three occasions between 2012 and 2016, and suffered extensive damage when jihadists entered the Christian quarter of Al-Jdayde in 2013.
The restoration was financed largely by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
In a video message, Thomas Heine-Geldern, executive president of ACN International, described the reopening as a miracle.
Explaining that he was unable to attend the reopening due to the coronavirus pandemic, he said: “ACN has been with you throughout the most difficult times, and it would have been wonderful if we had been able to celebrate together today. Sadly, the circumstances do not permit this; however, we see the Cathedral of St. Elijah and it is a miracle.”