HOLY FATHER'S DONATION TO THE CHURCH IN SYRIA,
GIVEN BY THE SECRETARY OF COR UNUM,
MSGR. GIAMPIETRO DAL TOSO
(March 31, 2012)
Well known are the repeated appeals of the Holy Father for the cease of violence in Syria so that a path to dialogue and reconciliation can be found in view of peace and the common good among the different parties in the conflict. Now, the Holy Father has decided to donate through the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, $100,000 USD destined for charitable works of the local Church in Syria in favor of the tried population. The Secretary of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso, will be the bearer of the Holy Father’s gift on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Meetings with His Beatitude Gregorios III Laham, President of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchy in Syria and with other representatives of the local Church are foreseen. The Catholic Church in Syria, through its charitable agencies is at present engaging in programs of assistance to the Syrian population, in particular in the area of Homs and Aleppo.
Bollettino della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede N. 190/2012, 21.3.2012