Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/SYRIA – Archbishop Nassar: even Christians in Damascus reject the “closure of churches” due to the pandemic
Damascus – Syria torn apart by ten years of conflict is now crushed in the deadly grip of the economic crisis and pandemic. In this context, Christians in Damascus rely on Divine Providence and resist the closure of their churches, indicated as a measure aimed at combating the risk of contagion from Covid 19. This is what His Exc. Mgr Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, in a message entitled “Overcoming Fear”, written in view of Christmas and sent to Agenzia Fides. The Archbishop chooses the expression “rebellion” to describe the reaction of Christians in Damascus to the idea of closing Christian places of worship and suspending the public celebration of the sacraments. Faced with the rising number of Covid-19 cases, says the Maronite Archbishop “the faithful rebelled against the closure of churches and insisted on participating in large numbers in the daily mass”. In addition – adds Archbishop Nassar – during the Eucharistic celebrations, instead of following the instructions of the bishops and receiving the Body of Christ in their hand, they continued to receive it directly on their tongue, “almost wanting to challenge the pandemic”.