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Aleppo: Cathedral of Saint Elijah reopened

The Maronite Catholic Cathedral of Saint Elijah in Syrian Aleppo has opened its doors again. The Christian landmark was badly damaged during the war in Syria. In 2013, Islamists tried to destroy the church.

Published: July 22, 2020, 9:12 am

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    After the expulsion of the jihadists, the reconstruction, supported by the papal aid organisation “Church in Need”, was started. The president of “Church in Need”, Thomas Heine-Geldern, said in a video message: “We see the Saint Elias Cathedral and it is a miracle. It is fantastic that we can restore to its old glory.”

    Most of the Christians in Syria fled during the war. According to the aid organisation, only a third of them currently live in the country.

    Archbishop Joseph Tobji said at the inauguration: “The opening of our cathedral is a message for Christians in Aleppo and around the world. The reconstruction is proof that despite our dwindling numbers we still live in this country. Our voices will continue to praise God in this place despite all the difficulties.”

    The Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan has complained that Christians in the Middle East felt betrayed by the West.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      “Most of the Christians in Syria fled during the war. According to the
      aid organisation, only a third of them currently live in the country.”

      This is good news, and an indicator that the long process of recovery from the civil war continues. Many if not most Christians in Syria were internally displaced during the civil war, as it was difficult for them to flee. The “refugee” system was in the hands of the Sunni Muslims, who supported Assad’s opponents. A lot of Christians have returned to their homes as Syrian government rule has been restored to most of the country. But those from northern Syria, north and northwest of Aleppo, remain displaced, as their former homes remain occupied by Turkish forces and Turk-backed jihadists.

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