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Transportation for  pastoral ministry in Aleppo

The Latin Catholic church of Our Lady of the Annunciation lies in the heart of one of the districts of Aleppo that was most widely devastated during the recent civil war. The church itself was destroyed and repeatedly looted.

Today there are around 180 families who are unable to leave the district because they cannot afford to pay the rent anywhere else, and  are now being supported by the parish. For the most part, these are elderly and disabled people,  some are families which have been deprived of a regular source of income, since there is no work for the men.

Father Alberto visits and helps them, materially and pastorally, also organizing activities for the children and endeavouring to provide the most basic necessities, including above all medical supplies and clean drinking water.

The priest lives close to the cathedral and so often has to cross the entire city to pursue his ministry. He not only ministers to the families in this particular district of the city, but also celebrates Holy Mass for the Carmelite Sisters in their convent.

Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, ACN has been able to help and Father Alberto now has a car that is also large enough to transport other people, as well as food and other basic necessities.

You have helped us to provide him with  13,578 dollars for this purpose.

A heartfelt thanks to all of you, from a shattered but surviving Aleppo!

 

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