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In war-torn Syria, Our Lady of Peace Cathedral needs help

Aug 11, 2016 - 10:08 pm .- The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria.

Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

Aug 11, 2016 - 09:58 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta, exchanging gifts, toys and drawings with the children.

Pope: It's 'unacceptable' that civilians must pay the price of Syrian conflict

Aug 7, 2016 - 03:34 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis lamented at how many defenseless civilians are forced to “pay the price” of the ongoing Syrian crisis, and he expressed his solidarity for those affected.

Syrian brothers reunite at WYD, and ask the world to pray

Jul 28, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.

What the Holy See has to say about conflict in the Middle East

Jul 15, 2016 - 12:40 am .- If peace is to be achieved in the Middle East, it will be a joint effort, requiring the cooperation of political authorizes, religious leaders and civilians, said the Holy See’s representative at the United Nations.

Vacation Bible School is a light in darkness for Syrian children

Jun 21, 2016 - 02:57 pm .- For children growing up in Aleppo, Syria, life is anything but easy. In a city devastated civil war, bombings are common and death is never far away.

Pope Francis asks kids to join Syrian children in praying for peace

May 29, 2016 - 06:19 am .- Millions of children have either been killed, displaced or orphaned as a result of Syria’s ongoing, bloody civil war.

The suffering of Syria's Christians taught him how to be a priest

May 18, 2016 - 12:25 am .- Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.

Aleppo archbishop calls for solidarity with Christians in Syria

May 7, 2016 - 05:44 pm .- The future of Christianity in the Middle East remains uncertain, and it is critical that the international community remain engaged, said a Melkite Catholic archbishop from Syria.

Pope laments recent violence in Syria, renews call for dialogue

May 1, 2016 - 07:36 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday decried the resurgence of violence in Syria in recent days, especially in Aleppo, and renewed the call to bring about peace through dialogue.

Pope to teens: There isn't a phone app for love and happiness

Apr 24, 2016 - 07:04 am .- Freedom does not come from things we possess or from doing whatever we want, Pope Francis said Sunday in his homily for the Jubilee for boys and girls. Rather, true freedom and happiness can only be found in the love of Jesus.  

As he leaves Greece, Pope Francis takes 12 refugees with him

Apr 16, 2016 - 06:30 am .- After traveling to the Greek island of Lesbos, a primary entry point for refugees seeking passage into Europe, Pope Francis decided to bring 12 of them on his plane back to the Vatican as an act of welcome and solidarity.

Five years into the Syrian Civil War, a look at those who've fled

Mar 15, 2016 - 03:12 am .- March 15 marks five years since civil war broke out in Syria. The conflict has had devastating consequences for the people of the country, many of whom have been forced to flee.

Pope Francis: It's never too late for conversion

Feb 28, 2016 - 06:46 am .- God's patience towards sinners is without limit, yet the time for conversion is now, Pope Francis said during his Sunday Angelus address at the Vatican.

Pope appeals for 'martyred country' of Syria

Feb 7, 2016 - 08:37 am .- The plight of Syrian civilians involved in the nation's ongoing conflict was at the heart of Pope Francis' appeal to the international community on Sunday, in an address where he also called for a renewed commitment to the protection of life at all stages.

Keep working for peace, US bishops urge as Middle East crises continue

Jan 26, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The multiple crises in the Middle East show the need for continued peacemaking and humanitarian efforts, the U.S. Catholic bishops have told foreign policy leaders in the Obama administration.

Watch this video and 'wake up' from indifference to persecuted Christians

Jan 21, 2016 - 06:04 am .- A video that shares the testimonies of people who have personally suffered the persecution of Christians in the Middle East is calling on their fellow Christians in the West to “wake up” to the grave crisis facing their brethren.

They fled terrorists, too โ€“ why Catholics are resettling a refugee family in Indiana

Dec 9, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Efforts to resettle a Syrian refugee family in Indiana are part of a long Catholic tradition that saves lives, the Archbishop of Indianapolis has said after meeting with the state's governor about his security concerns.

Your apathy is hurting ISIS victims โ€“ a challenge to US Christians

Dec 8, 2015 - 06:16 am .- Christians in the U.S. must stop their apathy to the bloody persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, said a religious freedom advocate who proposed an “examination of conscience” for faith communities.

Resist the urge to scapegoat Syrian refugees after Paris attacks, bishops advise

Nov 18, 2015 - 04:21 pm .- Several bishops are saying we must resist the temptation to scapegoat all Middle Eastern refugees, since they themselves are fleeing violence similar to what happened in Paris last Friday.

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