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.
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.
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.
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.
Oct 1, 2014 - 10:52 am .- Pope Francis and Vatican officials are due to meet this week with the nuncios to seven Middle Eastern nations to discuss responses to the Islamic State, and in particular how to provide humanitarian aid to displaced persons.
May 2, 2014 - 09:28 am .- In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world.
Apr 30, 2014 - 04:19 am .- A religious sister from Argentina, who has been serving for four years in the Gaza Strip, is preparing to go to the Syrian city of Aleppo, in response to Pope Francis’ call to aid those who are “forgotten.”
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:17 pm .- In comments made following his general audience address, Pope Francis lamented the killing of a Jesuit priest in Syria, and appealed to the country’s leaders to foster peace and respect human dignity.
Jan 29, 2014 - 06:47 pm .- Syria’s leading Catholic bishop has said that humanitarian aid should be increased in and near Syria to help contain Christians’ flight from the war-torn region.
Jan 7, 2014 - 02:14 pm .- Christian refugees from Syria living in Lebanon need the support of their Western counterparts, according to an Eastern Catholic bishop who is himself a native of Syria.
Dec 2, 2013 - 03:55 pm .- Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call to end the violence in Syria.
Nov 11, 2013 - 03:48 pm .- Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 25 at the Vatican, according to the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi.
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.
Sep 12, 2013 - 01:58 pm .- Catholics throughout Thailand – joined by Buddhists and Muslims in the country – have welcomed Pope Francis’ appeals for peace in Syria and throughout the world.
Sep 10, 2013 - 05:43 pm .- Unable to enter refugee camps run by the United Nations, many Syrians fleeing from violence in their home country have found basic necessities and ongoing support from Catholic Relief Services in nearby Lebanon.
Sep 9, 2013 - 05:22 pm .- Joining in a global day of prayer for peace in Syria, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., urged Catholics to stand strong in their faith despite the threat of violence and evil in the world.
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:42 pm .- After a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world, Pope Francis is continuing his calls for peace, hope and negotiations through messages on social media.
Sep 9, 2013 - 10:08 am .- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln says that a solution to the violence in Syria must be achieved, not through more violence or “taking sides” with one of the warring factions, but by speaking the truth “boldly.”
Sep 7, 2013 - 03:55 pm .- Addressing myriad people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis denounced war as a “defeat for humanity” and called on world leaders and individual Christians alike to rebuild a “shattered” harmony.
Sep 6, 2013 - 05:05 pm .- A ranking member of the U.S. House has proposed a war crimes tribunal as an alternative to military intervention in Syria so that perpetrators can be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons.