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Holy See Mission to Aleppo: Christian Communities Grateful to Pope, Humanitarian Needs Recognized

Secretary Delegate of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development Visits Aleppo

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After the end of the hostilities in Aleppo, representatives of the Holy See have made their first official visit to the war-torn Syrian city.

While there, the delegation was able to meet the Christian communities and their pastors, who expressed their gratitude to the Pope for his constant attention to Syria. During their visits to Catholic charitable institutions and various refugee camps, a center for humanitarian assistance managed by Caritas Aleppo in the Hanano neighborhood was inaugurated.
During their mission, Msgr. Dal Toso 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.
Responsibility of Religions
During meetings with representatives of Islam, emphasis was placed on the responsibility of religions in educating in peace and reconciliation. During the visit the civil and religious authorities paid homage to the delegation, expressing particular gratitude for the Holy Father’s gesture in elevating to the dignity of cardinal the Papal Representative to the country, and acknowledging in this the Pope’s special closeness to the afflicted Syrian population.
Finally, the meetings with Catholic charitable entities highlighted the importance of the assistance they provide for the benefit of all the Syrian population.
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.
A conclusion of the visit was recognizing the immediate need for food, housing, clothing, education, and healthcare.
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