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Pope Francis mourns death of 71 migrants who suffocated in abandoned truck

Aug 30, 2015 - 04:51 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented the death of 71 migrants – mostly from war-torn Syria – whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck on an Austrian highway. He offered prayers for the victims.

If you won't help our people stay, help them leave - Catholic bishops from the Middle East

Aug 5, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria said Tuesday that while they hope to help their people stay in the Middle East, they also believe those trying to leave are being unjustly discriminated against when applying for United States visas.

Franciscan priest abducted in Syria set free by captors

Jul 15, 2015 - 03:02 am .- The organization of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land announced that Father Dhiya Aziz, who had been kidnapped early last week in Syria, was liberated.

Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope's discussion with Putin

Jun 10, 2015 - 01:44 pm .- In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion focused on the current crises in both Ukraine and the Middle East.

How the Holy See is using diplomacy to aid Christians in the Middle East

Apr 8, 2015 - 02:08 am .- In the face of increased persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See's diplomatic arm is developing a strategy to shed light on Christian martyrs, helping those remaining to stay in their homeland and to foster interreligous dialogue.

Amid war in Syria, Catholic patriarch says Easter offers path of hope

Apr 7, 2015 - 12:48 pm .- Citing St. Paul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus, an Eastern Catholic patriarch’s Easter message repeated a call for peace and urged Christians to bear the Gospel of Life amid Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250

Feb 26, 2015 - 07:13 am .- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross.

Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

Feb 24, 2015 - 06:34 am .- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response.

After pilot's heinous execution, Jordan's Christians pray for religious harmony

Feb 4, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- Christians in Jordan have responded to the Islamic State's gruesome execution of a captured Jordanian pilot with sorrow, calling for prayer and religious and national unity.

Can Christians survive the 'dirty games' of Middle East politics?

Jan 30, 2015 - 04:19 pm .- Christians have lived in the Middle East since the time of the apostles, but political machinations by world powers and other groups put these communities at risk of extinction, a Jordanian priest fears.

In Jordan, Church works to assist refugees, protect youth from extremism

Jan 8, 2015 - 02:01 am .- For years the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been a haven for refugees from Iraq. However, a critical limit is in view as the country is also forced to accommodate a huge, and growing, influx of refugees fleeing ongoing war and violence in Syria.

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Dec 13, 2014 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions.

Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

Dec 3, 2014 - 02:01 am .- The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in the Middle East, a large number of whom have been threatened or displaced by the Islamic State.

Young Syrian refugee tells Pope, 'pray for us and pray for peace'

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:39 am .- Currently a living as a refugee at a Salesian school in Istanbul, 14-year-old Sarah will give Pope Francis a picture that she painted,  and  says that she will ask him to pray for world peace.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

Nov 20, 2014 - 04:41 pm .- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Amid Syrian refugee relief, Christians and Muslims find fellowship

Nov 20, 2014 - 04:35 am .- A Syrian Muslim refugee aided by the Catholic relief agency Caritas Jordan now volunteers to help other refugees, saying the agency staff makes him feel like “a brother.”  

Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

Oct 22, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- At Monday's consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the key task of returning displaced families to their homes.

A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

Oct 20, 2014 - 10:41 am .- Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization.

Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

Oct 7, 2014 - 04:32 pm .- Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village in Syria on Sunday night.

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

Oct 7, 2014 - 10:32 am .- In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See spokesman announced Tuesday.

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