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Mosque and Church, Neighbors in Syria

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

CRS Communications Coordinator Jennifer Hardy traveled with winners of the 2008 Egan Award for Journalistic Excellence . During their visit, they looked at the Church’s work with Iraqi refugees in Lebanon and Syria.

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Bishop Audo graciously arranged visits for Egan Award winners with Iraqi refugee families living in the northern city of Aleppo. Although the majority of Iraqi refugees are living in and around the capital of Damascus, Caritas is helping 800 Muslim and Christian Iraqi families in Aleppo.

After our meetings with the families, Bishop Audo took us to the roof of the church and explained the significance of the view – the church overlooks a neighboring mosque. The moment was especially poignant as the midday call to prayer began in the middle of his description of Christians and Muslims living together in peace in Syria.