Pope Francis meets with members of the AVSI Foundation for the 'Open Hospitals' Project in Syria at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Sept. 3, 2022. / Vatican Media
Rome Newsroom, Sep 3, 2022 / 12:30 pm (CNA).
Pope Francis’ representative in Syria has said people are losing hope as the Syrian civil war continues and widespread poverty explodes.
“I’ve seen so many people die, I’ve seen young people die too, now I see hope dying,” Cardinal Mario Zenari told CNA Sept. 2.
“It is clear that hope is there, but it is far away. Sooner or later there will also come a future for Syria but currently it is so complicated, isn’t it?” he said. “And hope is lacking, hope is dying.”
Zenari, apostolic nuncio in Syria since 2008, met Pope Francis Sept. 3 with members of AVSI, a nonprofit supporting Project Open Hospitals in Syria.
Pope Francis praised the initiative, which supports free services through three Syrian hospitals and four walk-in clinics, calling it “the…