And GetReligion points to this comment on the article:
Confused? I bookmark it mainly for further reading/research, since I don't know much about it.
There are also lots of different Chistian groups in Damascus too...here is a report from one local bishop.
Meanwhile, among the civilian population there is a spirit of solidarity that goes beyond religious affiliation: two famous landmarks of the city, the great Omayyad Mosque and the Shrine of the Conversion of St. Paul, have brought together youth and adults, Christians and Muslims, to pray for peace and reconciliation. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 20/7/2012)