- "Christians are the minority most threatened by Syria's civil war and are
trying to flee the country. They feel defenceless against the escalation of
violence that has raged in the country for months. Pray for peace and the reconciliation
of the Syrian people!" Mgr Antoine Audo, Caldean archbishop of Aleppo, told AsiaNews.
are the weakest psychologically and in terms of self-defence," the prelate
explained. "For us, fleeing is our only salvation, like in other Middle Eastern
countries, especially Iraq. All this does serious harm to the Church and the
Christian presence in Syria."
call for dialogue launched by the pope in the Angelus of 12 February, Mgr Audo noted
that, despite their fear, Christians can be a bridge between the various warring
united around the Church helps Christians and Muslims work together for the
good of the country, pushing towards reconciliation rather than vengeance."
The prelate cited
the work by Caritas Syria, which has began an aid programme in Homs, one of the
cities most affected by the violence, on behalf of 500 families, 400 Christian
and 100 Muslim. In six months, each household will receive foot and basic necessities
worth US$ 600.
Caritas is also
actively helping senior citizens and the sick through its volunteers, who are
drawn from Aleppo's entire Christian community in.
foreign journalists, Sunday Times
reporter Marie Colvin and freelance French photo-reporter Rémi Ochlik, were killed
in Homs' Baba Amr district. The two were in a building used by rebels as a
communications centre when it came under shellfire from Syrian security forces.
After it took a direct hit, it collapsed. (S.C.)