On occasion of the New Year, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, John X Yazigi gave a mass at the Marimaite Cathedral of Damascus on Wednesday.
In his New Year sermon, the Patriarch said that a peaceful political solution, unconditional dialogue and accepting others are the only ways to end the crisis in Syria.
“We want Syria to be always a homeland for togetherness where mosque minarets and church bells meet, where tranquility and calm prevail, not under the whip of terrorism and menace,” he said.
He stressed that Syria was created to shed light on the world, not to shed tears for its displaced children.
"Enough of war, enough of terrorism and displacement. Our country's spring is where its people meet, for the love of the homeland, the unity of its soil, and the protection of the blood innocents in it," he said.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer