Feb 20, 2017 - 02:08 pm .- There are about three million people without heath care in war-torn Syria, and the papal envoy to the country has launched a project to help some of them.
Feb 17, 2017 - 04:02 pm .- Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said that the openness he has shown to those of different faiths has deeply impressed her.
Feb 11, 2017 - 04:33 pm .- After President Donald Trump pushed for the creation of safe zones for refugees in the Middle East, advocates and humanitarian aid groups are divided over whether the policy will work.
Jan 30, 2017 - 03:27 pm .- Catholic bishops and relief leaders were among the critics of President Donald Trump’s order to implement stricter vetting on refugees and lower the cap for the number of refugees who can enter the United States.
Jan 24, 2017 - 08:57 am .- On behalf of Pope Francis, the secretary of the new Vatican department for Promoting Integral Human Development made a six-day visit to the Syrian city of Aleppo, ravaged by years of conflict between rebels and pro-government forces.
Dec 11, 2016 - 07:08 am .- During the Angelus for the third Sunday of Advent, also called Gaudete Sunday, Pope Francis made a special appeal for prayers for the people of Aleppo and Syria, and for all those affected by the recent terrorist attacks which have taken place in places such as Turkey and Egypt.
Nov 15, 2016 - 06:08 am .- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said that Francis’ decision to give a red hat to the longtime papal envoy to Syria is a sign of the Pope’s closeness to the Church and people on the ground amid the country's dire situation.
Sep 26, 2016 - 04:17 pm .- Christian and Muslim children of Aleppo, Syria will gather together in prayer on October 6 to plead for an end to the violence and devastation in their city and country.
Sep 17, 2016 - 05:03 am .- In a world marked by increasing war and conflict, Pope Francis said a generous and merciful response to those fleeing violence is needed in order to combat hatred and foster a greater sense of fraternity and solidarity.
Aug 31, 2016 - 02:31 pm .- As the Obama administration announced Monday that the U.S. had met its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2016, religious freedom advocates voiced approval.
Aug 11, 2016 - 10:08 pm .- The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria.
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.
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.
Jul 28, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.