Syria: Pope writes to Assad about humanitarian situation

Bruni, 'deep concern in particular for Idlib'

22 July, 15:28

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has sent a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to express ''deep concern'' for the ''humanitarian situation in Syria, with particular reference to the dramatic conditions of the civilian population in Idlib'', said the director of the Vatican press office, Matteo Bruni.

    ''This morning in Damascus, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, the prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, accompanied by Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in Syria, and the undersecretary of the dicastery, Father Nicola Riccardi, met with President Bashar Hafezal-Assad'', said Bruni. ''During the meeting - he added - the cardinal prefect gave the head of State a letter addressed by the Holy Father, expressing the deep concern of His Holiness Pope Francis for the humanitarian situation in Syria, with particular reference to the dramatic conditions of the civilian population in Idlib''.

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