The Syrian civil war has raged on for six years, causing untold devastation and creating the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Pope Francis has spoken out many times against the violence in Syria and has called on the global community to help bring peace to the war-torn nation. The pope also made the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus a cardinal, as a sign of his care and concern for the people of Syria.
The National Catholic Register recently published an interview with the Apostolic Nuncio, Cardinal Mario Zenari, in which they discussed the current state of affairs and the plight of Christians in Syria. Cardinal Zenari laid out the devastation that the Syrian people have endured when he said:
‘War has its own rules,’ the former general secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, repeated many times. The international community must respect humanitarian international rights. Unfortunately, in these past six years of war, various red lines were passed over many times, in complete impunity: attacks with chemical weapons; hospitals, schools, popular markets and refugee camps all hit; the “arm” of hunger, with sieges of whole villages and neighborhoods, and the “arm” of thirst (Damascus went waterless for weeks and Aleppo for months). The civilian population, in particular: The children are paying the highest price of the conflict.
The full interview is available at the National Catholic Register.
The needs of the families affected by the Syrian conflict cannot be overstated, but there is a way you can help.
Immaculate Heart Radio is honored to partner with Aid to the Church in Need during our June Pledge Drive (June 12-16) to provide aid to the Christian community in Syria and Iraq.
For every new $50/month pledge that Immaculate Heart Radio receives, donors of ACNUSA pledge to feed one Christian family, displaced by war in Syria and Iraq, through the end of this year, distributed through a network of local priests and sisters.
And for every $100/month pledge that Immaculate Heart Radio receives, donors of ACNUSA pledge to feed two Christian families, displaced by war in Syria and Iraq, through the end of this year, distributed through a network of local priests and sisters.
This is an opportunity to provide more than $360,000 toward a Humanitarian Aid Project that serves our brothers and sisters in Christ who have been affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
All the funds from the $50/month and $100/month pledge donations will stay with Immaculate Heart Radio, but these pledges will trigger a separate donation that will be made by Aid to the Church in Need donors to the Christian families in Syria and Iraq.
Please help us spread the word, and consider making a pledge which will help your Immaculate Heart Radio station AND a family in need.