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Russia: joint Catholic-Orthodox initiative to assist Syria’s Christians

April 12, 2016

Officials of the Moscow Patriarchate, joined by Catholic Archbishop Paolo Pezzi of Moscow, traveled to Lebanon and Syria to meet with local Christian leaders and assess the best ways to assist Syria’s persecuted Christians.

The Moscow Patriarchate described the effort as an outgrowth of the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Havana.

“One of the priority tasks for the nearest future is to compile a detailed list of Christian shrines, churches and monasteries destroyed and damaged during the war in Syria and to intensify the common witness of Christians to the Syrian tragedy,” according to the patriarchate.


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  • Posted by: ljlc48358 - Apr. 13, 2016 12:21 AM ET USA

    Oh this is wonderfuL!!! Anything to assist Syria's Christians i so good. But even more so as a joint effort of two large wings of Christendom cooperating in this act of LOVE and compassion. Thank you God!

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 12, 2016 9:45 PM ET USA

    From news reports during the last 10 years, there seems to be an increasingly fruitful collaboration between the Russian government and the Moscow Patriarchate. They seem to be less bothered by that "wall of separation" thing that plagues the U.S. It is good to know that this Church is partnering with the Russian government to resolve a problem that it seems the U.S. is mostly ambivalent about. You will recall that the U.S. response to ISIS was anemic until Putin stepped in.