Nur ed-Din, Muslim ruler of Syria, based in Damascus, killed all

of the Christians living in Syria’s largest city. Still today, there is a large Christian community in Aleppo.

Most of their descendants live in the western section of the city. During the recent 5 year civil war in

Syria, the Christians supported the government of Bashar al-Assad. They believe that if the Sunni rebels

oust Assad, all non-Muslims will be put to the sword. Sunni rebel shelling destroyed Christian homes and

churches. Most of the Christians are Catholics of the Syria’s Melkite/Greek rite in union with Rome. The

Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo is Jean-Clement Jeanbart, a hero-shepherd of his flock.