Pope Francis gives thousands of rosaries to Christians in Syria

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2019 -Pope Francis announced Thursday that he is giving 6,000 blessed rosaries to Catholic communities in Syria as a sign of his closeness on the Marian Feast of the Assumption.

“Prayer made with faith is powerful! We continue to pray the rosary for peace in the Middle East and in the whole world,” Pope Francis said Aug. 15 in his Angelus message for the Assumption of Mary.

The pope blessed the rosaries made by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, and said that the Syrian families that lost someone because of the war are close to his heart.

Life of Syrian People Post 2018

After eight years of terrorist war on Syria, the rainbow of peace in its sky is telling us that Syrians are now in need to have stable life.

Our readers of the Syria Times e-newspaper let me take you on a tour in Damascus to show you its safe streets, and to see how the Syrian people are trying to overcome the repercussions of the crisis.

The victories that have been achieved by Syrian Arab Army in the war against terrorism and the regaining of stability and security in most of Syria allow Syrians finally catch their breath and spread in the markets, shopping centers, gardens and restaurants. They want to believe that they can have a secure and peaceful life again.

827 Inventors in Al-Basel exhibition for Creativity and Invention within the activities of Damascus International Fair

827 Inventors in Al-Basel Exhibition for Creativity and Invention which will kick off on the  31-8 2019. The exhibition will also be at the Damascus International Fair.

The exhibition is organized by the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection in cooperation with the Syrian Inventors Association, the Excellence and Creativity Agency and the High Commission for Scientific Research.

The Assistant of the Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Rifaat Suleiman, told SANA that the exhibition preparations had been completed and the inventions of the exhibitors from the other governorates are being transported via special cars.

Karoyat Team takes part effectively in voluntary work in Lattakia

One of the active voluntary teams that has successfully contributed to social, cultural and civil activities in the country is "Karoyat", which is one of the “Peace Makers” civil society associations working in Lattakia province.

  The team includes 32 youths from different Syrian provinces and who are students of various faculties at Tishreen University in Lattakia.

Fatima Ismael, the facilitator of Karoyat team, told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that volunteers in the team have different academic and professional backgrounds.

Italian Coincidence in Damascus Streets, Dr Francesco Gabriello

While walking toward Alhamra Theater to attend a play, I accidentally met Francesco, an Italian doctor working with an international organization in Syria, who first visited our country in 2015 and, since the date on, he visits Syria on regular bases.

“There is more life in the city, and people are much more relaxed, some streets are very vibrant, with a lot of shops” Dr. Gabrielli enthusiastically said, expressing his good impression about Damascus city in 2019 compared to 2015. In regards to the Syrian culture and people, despite his humble knowledge of our culture and traditions, Dr. Francesco mentioned that he is trying to read as much as possible about Syria, and improving his “very modest Arabic”; he also recently visited the National Museum: “I had been there a few years ago when only the garden was open - it was a pleasant surprise to see that you can now visit many rooms”.

Syrian Women buried talents exploring choral chant at Choral Bashair Baydar Jaramana

ST_ Bashair Baydar Jaramana is a voluntary team of free-willing independent volunteers from the Syrian civil community, established in 2012. “Certainly, the war on Syria has played a critical role in the founding core idea of our team; despite the fact that solidarity, cooperation, collaborative work is an integrated tradition in the Syrian community.” Declared Mr. Fayz Salah Al-Hannawi, Bashair Baydar Jaramana founder.

 Concerning Bashair Baydar Jaramana activities, “we are mostly targeting two main categories (Children/Women) who have been deeply affected by the war as well as the war aftermath. Therefore, we have introduced a program called ‘Study Home’ which includes trail lessons in comprehension and homework activities of underprivileged children on a weekly base by volunteering instructors’ throughout the academic year.” Mr. Hannawi explained to Syriatimes. Whereas, in summer Bashair Baydar Jaramana launch a summer club ‘Tomorrow is Better' which includes an interactive theater that is psychologically and emotionally supportive of children. “Material relief and food aids come and go, but education is a pillar in any societal reform” Hannawi clearly affirmed.

With reference to Choral Bashair Baydar Jaramana, Mr. Hannawi stated that this program is targeting women in that it trains them to sing by vocal experts, in order to find relief. All the women we interviewed affirmed that this two hours session is a break from their daily tension so they can come back to their families with a totally different mood.

Mr. Hannawi supplied Syriatimes with details of their other activities like ‘Eid bounties initiative’, ‘Stationery initiative’, celebrations of Mother’s and Teacher’s days, which are all made by the cooperation of the civic society and individual donations to draw a smile on the face of those less fortunate. He as well emphasized a civil initiative launched by their team called ‘ emotional communication’ that has attracted a large number of civilians to establish a non-violent dialogue between different categories of the Syrian society confirming that if we can clearly and calmly express our needs, others will comprehend and cope with them more easily.

Finally, when asked about their team message; Mr. Hannawi concluded his interview with Syriatimes by a moral:

The bird will raise his wings to the sky to halt ‘the sky toppling over the earth’[1].

 When asked what a delicate creature like you could do to prevent ‘the sky toppling over earth’?!!! He answered “I will do what I have to do.”

 

 

Interviewed by: Lama Alhassanieh

 


[1] A Syrian expression indicating the impossibility of a certain matter to become true.

 

 

Children of Martyrs in Lattakia Celebrate Army Day

"Music affects the heart and our entire being, thus hope of starting a new life revives our soul.  The  Syrian children and youths, who have suffered because of the foreign-backed terrorist groups, insist on singing for peace not for war and destruction ”, Maestro  Ahmed Hammoudi,  the founder  of “ Qanadil Al- Wattan” ( the homeland’s lamps)  choir in Lattakia province said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper on the sideline of a celebration held on Thursday at “Dar Al-Assad” for Culture in Lattakia marking the 74th anniversary of the Syrian Arab Army foundation.

The event was organized by the Lattakia branch of the Revolution Youth Union ( RYU).

The celebration included a concert in which 140 children of martyrs as well as wounded and kidnapped people from a number of Syrian provinces took part within a choir that sang several patriotic songs glorifying the homeland and the army.