Syrian Christians celebrate Holy Week in cathedral rebuilt after jihadist attack

Jasjot Singh

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) shared a photograph showing hundreds of Maronite Christians celebrating Good Friday 2022 in front of a Syrian cathedral that was rebuilt after suffering serious damage at the hands of jihadists.

“Thanks to your contribution, today we can see the hope alive in Maronite Christians who celebrate Good Friday in Farhat Square in front of the Cathedral of Saint Elijah, an Eastern Catholic church in Aleppo, Syria,” ACN said on its Facebook account on 16 of April.

The pontifical foundation recalled that in 2013 the jihadists “razed the city and destroyed a large part of the Cathedral and the city.”

“Today ACN and its benefactors see the fruits of the reconstruction in this place that is so significant for the Christians of Aleppo,” the publication concludes.

On July 20, 2020, the Maronite Cathedral of Saint Elias was reopened thanks to the help of several charities, including ACN, who financed the restoration with a donation of 400,000 euros.

The Saint Elijah Cathedral was built in 1873 in the Al Jdeydeh neighborhood and suffered partial destruction in 2013 when it fell into the hands of jihadists who proceeded to detonate it with mortars.

In an interview published in April 2022, Regina Lynch, project director for ACN, said that “for many Christians, the war has had a positive effect on their faith and has given the Church the opportunity to – despite the hardships – putting into practice his teachings on charity and forgiveness”.

The United Nations reports that since the conflict broke out, Syria has witnessed unprecedented devastation and displacement. It also considers that this remains the largest displacement crisis in the world.

More than six million Syrians have fled the country and 6.7 million are internally displaced. With more than 14 million people still in need of assistance, the conflict has caused untold suffering to Syrian men, women and children.

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