Historic Mosque Damaged in Syria Civil War; Ceasefire Urged for Muslim Holiday

syriaThe United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria called for a ceasefire to observe the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha beginning Friday (October 19). And in a show of solidarity with the Syrian people, the Vatican announced plans to send a delegation of top church leaders to the country, including New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is also head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The delegation will urge both sides to end the year-long conflict. More than 30,000 people have died and 300,000 have fled the violence. Inside Syria, an historic mosque in Aleppo was badly damaged by fighting. The 12th-century building is a UNESCO World Heritage site.