Syria: First Christmas in five years is celebrated in cathedral ruins of Aleppo

The Muslim Issue

Christmas in Aleppo: Worshippers cram into cathedral that was almost destroyed by rocket fire for its first December 25 mass in five years… as Assad and his wife meet orphans at a Christian convent

  • Christians in Syria’s Aleppo took part in Christmas services after President al-Assad’s forces retook control
  • The Old City’s Saint Elias Cathedral, its roof collapsed following rocket fire, hosted its first mass in five years
  • 4,000 fighters recently left rebel-held areas in the ‘last stages’ of an evacuation as Syrian army retakes city
  • In Bartalla, near Mosul, Iraq, Christians had service at fire-scarred church after town was retaken from ISIS

Christians in Syria’s Aleppo took part in Christmas services after President Bashar al-Assad’s forces retook full control of the ruined former economic hub.

The Old City’s Saint Elias Cathedral, its roof collapsed under rocket fire, hosted…

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