A church destroyed in Mesopotamia.
ASIA/SYRIA - A church destroyed in Mesopotamia. The Archbishop: "With
war everyone loses"
Hassake (Agenzia Fides) - The Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Mary and the
Christian school of Al-Wahda were destroyed in Deir Ezzor, a town of
Mesopotamia, at the center of fighting that has caused an exodus of the
civilian population. This was reported to Fides Agency by the Syrian
Orthodox Archbishop, Eustathius Matta Roham, Metropolitan of "Jazirah
and Euphrates," explaining that "it is a very sad day for me and for the
whole community." The two buildings were hit and destroyed in the
crossfire between the army and rebel groups. Mesopotamia, note local
sources of Fides, is experiencing a "slow death", and the entire
civilian population (Arabs, Christians, Kurds, and other groups) are
paying a very high price. Archbishop Matta Roham tells Fides: "This
fierce war is above all a war against our civilization. It is a conflict
where everyone loses, in the destruction of our beloved country. If the
rebels or the regime think they can win, in the end, I think we will
only have a country in ruins, with thousands of orphans, widows, poor
people and especially destabilized by enmity in society."
The Archbishop addresses those who are fighting, "Who will rebuild all
that we have built over decades of hard work? And how long will it take?
Who will build deteriorated social relations? We ask for the prayers of
all Christians in the world, in order to regain peace in Syria. "(PA)
(Agenzia Fides 31/01/2013)