Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - A conference organized by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops in Syria in collaboration with the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Apostolic Nunciature in Syria, begins today in Damascus. The aim of the event is to coordinate the Church's charitable activities at the service of the many victims of a conflict that has been dragging on for more than 10 years and is causing a humanitarian crisis.
The conference, which has preceded similar conferences organized by the Holy See in the past, will be attended by the bishops of the various Catholic Churches in the country, as well as other representatives of the Church and of the many Catholic charities that support the work of the local Church from different parts of the world. Some of them are grouped in the Reunion of Aid Agencies to the Oriental Churches (ROACO - Riunione Opere Aiuto Chiese Orientali), which unites funding agencies from various countries in order to assist Christian communities in the Middle East. Also represented are Caritas Internationalis, Jesuit Refugee Service and AVSI, which in recent years have promoted the "Open Hospitals" project, to help keep the country's three Catholic hospitals running. As the main speaker at the conference, to which the international aid organizations represented in the country are also invited, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, will speak about pastoral guidelines for charitable initiatives by the Catholic Churches in the Country, and Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies and Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, who will explain the theological and pastoral aspects that inspire the Church's activity in society.
This significant conference, with the expected wide participation, once again expresses - as confirmed by the Apostolic Nuncio, Cardinal Mario Zenari - the lively concern of the Church at various levels for the good of the entire Syrian population, for a fruitful coexistence among the different components of society and for the reconstruction of a Country that after so many years deserves to live in peace and harmony. (Agenzia Fides, 15/3/2022)