Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, recently announced during his trip to Syria that Pope Francis will be donating a total of $170,000 to the Catholic Church in the country. He said that the donation will go towards the Syrian church’s charitable works, which help the most needy and vulnerable there.
According to him, the amount will be split between the 17 Syrian ecclesiastical circumscriptions. The Dicastery in each of the circumscriptions will be responsible for distributing the monetary donation. (Read: Celebrate St. Helena’s Feast Day With These 3 Basil Dishes)
The money will be spent in responding to the most urgent needs of their respective dioceses and communities.
Solidarity with Syria
During his message, Cardinal Sandri expressed the Holy Father’s closeness with the people of Syria and the Church there. He mentioned that the pontiff has called for peace and “re-establishing justice and the rule of law in the war-torn country” time and time again. In addition, Pope Francis has also provided emergency assistance to the Syrian Church to help them address the COVID-19 health crisis.
Cardinal Sandri also thanked the Patriarchs and Bishops and Cardinal Zenari for “their “heroic” support for the suffering people in Syria and for their relentless efforts to draw international attention to their plight.”
Conversation with the youth
The cardinal also met with around 100 Catholic youth in Syria to listen to their experiences while living in fear due to the war in their country. He also discussed with them their future in the country. (Read: Pope’s Charity Reaches Out Again to COVID-Hit Countries)
Cardinal Sandri also encouraged the youth to make their voices heard, and take the lead in a “revolution of love for human dignity.”
The cardinal will be staying in Syria until November 3, where is still scheduled to visit Tartous, Homs, Aleppo, Yabroud and Maaloula.