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'I can't leave my people': Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

Apr 15, 2014 - 07:21 am .- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations.

Three years in, Catholics note brutality of Syrian conflict

Mar 15, 2014 - 06:03 am .- As today marks the third anniversary of uprisings which led to civil war in Syria, Catholic leaders there and in neighboring Lebanon have reflected on its devastating effect on both countries.

Peace requires 'daily commitment,' says Pope in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2013 - 05:34 am .- In his Christmas message, Pope Francis prayed for peace throughout the world as a fruit of God`s grace, to be shared by every human person.

Vatican launches healthcare initiative for Syrian refugee children

Nov 29, 2013 - 06:31 am .- The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission which will provide basic medicines needed for the care of refugee children in Lebanon.

Catholic patriarch fears extremist slant of Syrian rebel groups

Oct 22, 2013 - 12:03 pm .- Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch has said that the success of Syrian rebels could worsen the plight of Christians because of the extreme Islamist elements among the rebel forces.

Syrian Christians find lives 'paralyzed' by wartime chaos

Oct 8, 2013 - 12:55 am .- Only peace can end the suffering of Syria’s Christian refugees, say local Christian leaders who emphasize the need to give refugees hope alongside material support.

Do not forget Syria's Christians, priest urges Westerners

Sep 27, 2013 - 04:58 pm .- A Syrian priest has urged the West to remember the Christians in his country, many of whom are fleeing due to fear of the violence and shortages brought about by the ongoing civil war.

Papal peace vigil draws positive response

Sep 8, 2013 - 01:29 am .- Pope Francis’ four-hour Saturday prayer vigil is part of a “major peace initiative” that is receiving a favorable reaction across religious lines, a leading Vatican communications figure has said.

Tourists and pilgrims pray for peace at Vatican vigil

Sep 7, 2013 - 04:46 pm .- As the sun set over St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Rhode Islander Angeline Martin stood in line for confession and prepared to join Pope Francis in a world-wide prayer vigil for peace.

Jerusalem Patriarchate to participate in prayer vigil for Syria

Sep 6, 2013 - 03:10 am .- Joining in Pope Francis' call to make Sept. 7 a day of fasting and prayer for the people of Syria, the Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem will hold a Holy Hour at the Basilica of Gethsemane.

Pope asks world leaders to reject 'futile' military action in Syria

Sep 5, 2013 - 02:49 pm .- As world leaders meet in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the G20 summit, Pope Francis has sent a message urging against military involvement in Syria.

Vatican rejects report that Pope Francis telephoned Assad

Sep 5, 2013 - 10:35 am .- A Vatican official denied a news story that claimed that Pope Francis had telephoned the Syrian president, Bashar Al-Assad.

Twenty-thousand Syrian Kurds forced to take refuge in Iraq

Aug 21, 2013 - 02:08 am .- Following recent clashes in Syria between al-Qaeda linked opposition groups and Kurdish forces, 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Iraqi Kurdistan – an autonomous region of northern Iraq – in the last six days.

Murdered Syrian priest's friend feels closeness of martyrdom

Jul 8, 2013 - 10:00 am .- Franciscan Friar Ibrahim Alsabagh says that remembering the June 23 killing of his friend, a Syrian priest, at a Mass in Rome made him feel “bitter, happy, and a little bit of envy," as well as "how close martyrdom is."

Slain Syrian priest remembered at Mass in Rome

Jul 3, 2013 - 12:07 am .- Father Francois Mourad, a monk killed last week in the ongoing violence in Syria, is being prayed for and remembered at a Mass in Rome on July 4.

Cardinal says foreign pressures fuel violence in Nigeria, Syria

Jun 20, 2013 - 04:01 am .- At a conference of interfaith leaders in Milan, Cardinal John O. Onaiyekan suggested that Islamist violence in his country of Nigeria, as well as in Syria, has been fueled by external influences.

Parents of kidnapped journalist grateful for Pope's words

Jun 5, 2013 - 06:04 am .- The parents of kidnapped American journalist Austin Tice have appealed again for his release, voicing gratitude for Pope Francis' words on behalf of all abducted victims in the Syrian conflict.

Pope to Syrian Christians: you have 'great task' of remaining

Jun 5, 2013 - 05:49 am .- Pope Francis vigorously appealed for peace in Syria and told the Christians there that they have “the great task” of remaining in their homeland despite the ongoing war.

Mideast Christians unite in prayer for abducted bishops

May 23, 2013 - 02:55 pm .- Orthodox and Catholic Christians in the Middle East gathered this week to pray for and appeal for the realease of two Orthodox bishops who were kidnapped in Syria one month ago.

Mass held in Rome for kidnapped Syrian bishops

May 11, 2013 - 11:39 am .- Eastern Catholic clergy celebrated a Mass in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin to pray for two archbishops and two priests who remain the hostages of rebels in Syria.

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October 24, 2014

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