On Monday, July 20, after many difficulties in the work of reconstruction, the Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah, which suffered severe damage from mortar attacks during the war, will be officially re-opened and re-consecrated.
“The restoration and re-opening of the cathedral has both a symbolic and a practical meaning,” stated Maronite Archbishop Joseph Tobij of Aleppo, in an interview with the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
“In the symbolic sense it is a message to the parishioners and Christians in Aleppo and the world that we are still in this country despite our dwindling numbers, and the restoration of the cathedral is proof of this. The mouths must continue to praise God in this place despite all the difficulties.”
The Cathedral of Saint Elijah, in the Al Jdeydeh suburb of Aleppo, has a long history, the present building having been constructed in 1873 and renovated in 1914, replacing the original small 15th-century church built on the same site.
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