ALEPPO- On behalf of Pope Francis, representatives from the Holy See visited Aleppo for the first time after the end of conflict. Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso, secretary delegate of the Dicastery for Promoting Human Development was joined during his six day visit to Syria by Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in Syria, and nunciature advisor Monsignor Thomas Habib.
“The delegation was able to meet the Christian communities and their pastors, who expressed their gratitude to the Pope for his constant attention to beloved Syria.”
Among the places visited by the delegates were Catholic charitable institutions and refugee camps. They also attended the inauguration of a center for humanitarian assistance managed by Caritas Aleppo. The representatives of the Holy See highlighted the importance of the support received from the international community.
“With the support of the universal Church and thanks to the generous contribution of the international community, such aid can be intensified in the future to face the growing needs of the people. Among the immediate emergencies, special attention is to be paid to the need for food, clothing, education, healthcare and housing.”
In addition, the delegation met with representatives of Islam to emphasize the importance of religions educating in faith and reconciliation.
“During their mission they participated in a moment of ecumenical prayer organized on the occasion of the week for Christian unity, and the condition of several Catholic hospitals was evaluated in the light of a future project for their reconstruction and resumption of activity.”