"The effect of the condition in which we have been living for more than a year is that we are now addicted to horror everyday."
This is how the Archbishop of Aleppo of the Armenian
Catholics, Boutros Marayati, describes the devastating situation
experienced by the inhabitants of the Syrian metropolis - where
yesterday dozens of corpses of young victims were found - to Fides news
"There is always new news of massacres, there is the constant
noise of bombing, one lives in a state of tension and fear day and
night, there is a struggle to survive in a daily life in which there is
not even water to drink and fuel to heat homes. As we are overwhelmed by
all this," the Archbishop explained to Fides, "there is not
almost time to become aware of the terrible things in which we are
immersed. The massacre at the University a few days ago, where we lost
poor Sister Rima, already seems a distant thing."
“With the now familiar rebound of the
charges, the government media have blamed the massacre to the jihadist
brigades of Jabhat Al-Nusra, while groups of the Coalition of the
Opposition spoke of "new terrible massacre perpetrated by the regime."
“According to the Armenian Catholic
Archbishop of Aleppo, the impossibility of verifying the actual dynamics
of bloody events makes the condition of the people in turmoil even more
alienating: "We feel that there is a deformation of all the
information. One cannot just trust what one hears, and there is no
possibility to check even the events that occur a short distance from
our neighbourhoods. Even now one can hear the noise of explosions, but
we do not know where they come from, and against whom they are directed.
We are in the middle of a war, but we live it as if we were in the
dark, without really understanding what is happening. We wonder when and
how all this will end. Let us pray to the Lord, so he can look upon us
and protect us."
Meanwhile, the Greek-Catholic priest, Fr. Mtanios
Haddad, has launched an appeal for peace in Syria ahead of the Divine
Liturgy he will celebrate according to the Byzantine rite this Friday 1
February at 18:00 (CET), in the Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin, in
Rome’s Piazza della Bocca della Verità. During the liturgy he will call
for an end to violence in Syria and the Middle East in general. “A
democratic opposition centred on dialogue and debate needs to be
restored fast to ensure the rights of all Syrian citizens regardless of
culture, ethnicity or religion.”
The liturgical celebration is being promoted by
the Diocese of Rome and the Greek Catholic Melkite Church. It will be
presided over by the Archimandrite Haddad, Patriarchal Apocrisary in
Rome and Rector of Saint Mary in Cosmedin since 2006.
Fr. Haddad calls for an end to war and the
atrocities that are tearing Syria apart. It is vital we lower our arms
and take the path of reconciliation and dialogue as soon as possible, he
added. But in order to achieve this, the taps of economic aid used to
fund the war, need to be turned off immediately.
The Melkite priest explained that what is harming the Syrian people
are the arms and men, mostly from outside, because this conflict grew as
a result of interests outside Syria and the intention is to encourage
and prolong the country’s crisis – which is bringing nothing but death
and destruction - as much as possible.