By the editorial staff of the Italian portal Il Faro sul Mondo
Assad: “Christians are builders of Syrian civilization”
Editorial on 6 July 2019 – 11:34 in the Middle East
The presence of Christians in the Middle East has always been a topic of debate and tension. In this regard, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said last Thursday that Christians in Syria have never been “strangers” in this land, but they have always been the builders of its civilization and bearers of its human message to the whole world alongside their Muslim brothers.
The Syrian president made these remarks during a session of open dialogue for young Syrian Catholics at the San Tuma monastery in Sidnaya. The president was featured in their camp entitled My Hope Is In You that started on Tuesday at St. Tuma [St Thomas] Monastery in Sidnaya.
Assad: “Christian originality in Syria is necessary to increase moderation and enrich diversity … Christians throughout history have contributed, through their positions and patriotism, to foiling partition projects in the region and have sent a message to the enemies of Syria and supporters of terrorism that all their colonial projects are doomed to failure,” said President al-Assad.
“The Arab identity is a civilized case, not an ethnic concept … Arab civilization accepts the fusion of all, but refuses the extinction of their historical identities and helps to maintain them … the targeting of Christianity aims to strike at the different religions, cultures and civilization,” said President al-Assad.
Syrian Syriac Catholic youths, for their part, have said that their membership and adherence to their homeland, Syria, will not waver whatever the challenge or conditions, as they are children and original citizens in this homeland.
The young people raised a series of questions that covered different types of problems that emerged from the war, and many mechanisms have been proposed to activate their contributions in making Syria’s future better.
by the Editorial staff
We add a word about the city, from Wikipedia:
It emerged as an important center of Christianity well before it was adopted as the official religion of the Roman empire. Macarius, the first bishop of Aleppo and later the Patriarch of Antioch, lists Saidnaya in a seventeenth-century Arabicmanuscript as one of the seven ancient episcopal cities under Damascus, the same cities represented at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.