The Church of St. Michael Archangel was built in 1958. It was located in Al-Hamidiyah Square in the Old City of Homs. The Archangel Saint Michael, patron saint of the parish and of the church, is considered to be leader of God’s armies, fighting against evil. The parish numbered about 400 families.
In 2012-13 the church suﬀered greatly from mortar shells attacks. More than 50 percent of St. Michael’s Church is estimated to have been damaged as a result of the bombing. The roof and the belfry were severely damaged. The walls were also riddled with bullet holes. The other buildings adjacent to St. Michael’s Church were damaged as well. All buildings were looted.
Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Al-Nemeh of Homs and Hama is hoping for a future renewal, and also thanks those outside the country who help keep hope alive by their solidarity. He is grateful for all the support received during the recent devastation.
The hierarch said: “All we can do is try to give hope”.