The Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral in Aleppo was re-consecrated on Saturday, four years after the jihadist rebels ransacked the building.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, visited the historic church after its reconstruction meant it could be opened again after Jabhat Al-Nusra razed parts of the compound back in April 2015.

Aram held a service attended by dozens in which he declared the site sacred once again.

The Armenian diaspora in Aleppo can be traced back some 2,000 years and tens of thousands remained in the city up until the outbreak of the civil war in 2011.

 

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William Becker

The story brightens my day yet I am sad that so few Armenians attended the ceremony. One hopes that the cathedral will not be a museum, but instead will return to being the center of a newly revived community.

Sweet Robert
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Sweet Robert

Syria lost 1/2 of its Christian population. It will take time

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Sweet Robert

I saw other pictures and the church was packed.

Sweet Robert
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Sweet Robert

The Politicians, merchants of war and their proxies could not destroy the diverse Christian population or Syria.

JOE
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JOE

That is what Saudi Arabia wants.

Sweet Robert
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Sweet Robert

Great newsier Armenian Christians and for Syria.

JOE
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JOE

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