10 August 2012

Franciscan Fr George Abu Hazen, Apostolic Pro-Vicar of Aleppo, said terrified people were fleeing their homes, and the desperate members of the minority Christian community, which before the conflict began made up 25 per cent of the city’s 2 million population, were “praying with more devotion and faith”.

This week there was fighting in Bab Tuma and Bab Sharqi, two traditionally Christian districts of the capital, Damascus. Speaking from Damascus on Tuesday, Syria’s papal nuncio, Archbisop Mario Zenari, told The Tablet he would no longer give interviews about the situation because “it is all very delicate and difficult”.