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Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, pictured in Rome Sept. 6, 2012.

Kidnapped priest remembered for his love of Syrian people

Seven years after his kidnapping in Syria, Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio was remembered in Rome Wednesday for his love of the... Read more

Image of pilgrims holding a sign supporting those suffering in Idlib, Syria, during the Sunday Angelus, March 8, 2020.

Make Syria ‘priority’ over ‘every other interest’ says Pope Francis

Pope Francis issued a plea to the international community to halt the violence and mounting death toll in the Syrian... Read more

Photo courtesy of the Franciscan Care Center in Aleppo.

How Franciscans in Syria are helping kids heal from war trauma

As a wartime missionary priest in Aleppo, Fr. Firas Lufti witnessed the trauma endured by a generation of Syrian children... Read more

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn during the Turkish offensive against Kurdish groups in northeastern Syria, Oct. 17, 2019, as seen from Turkey.

Bishops in Middle East urge prayer for northern Syria

Bishops in Syria and Iraq have called for worldwide prayer as fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces further destabilizes northern... Read more

Ancient church in Brad, Syria, before bombing of the site in March 2018. Via Shutterstock.

Syrian churches targeted by Assad forces, new report claims

A new report alleges that forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad are responsible for the majority... Read more

Aleppo, Syria, in 2009.

New campaign to bring food, medicine to Syrian Christians

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need has launched a new fundraising campaign to aid Syrian Christians, whose... Read more

People extinguish a fire at the scene of a car bomb explosion outside the Syriac Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Qamishli, Syria, July 11, 2019.

Car bomb near church in Syria wounds several

A car bomb exploded near a Syriac Orthodox church in Qamishli Thursday, injuring about 11 people. It is unclear who... Read more

Aleppo, Syria, in 2009.

Church in Syria suffers 'bleeding wound' of emigration

The number of Christians in Aleppo, Syria, fell dramatically during the civil war, from 180,000 before the war to 32,000... Read more

Fr. Frans van der Lugt, S.J., who was murdered in Homs, April 7, 2014.

Five years after priest's murder in Syria, Jesuits hope to introduce his cause

During a visit to Homs last week, the superior general of the Society of Jesus said that he would be... Read more

Remains of St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox church in Homs, Syria, 2015.

Syrian patriarchs condemn 'unjust aggression' of Friday allied airstrikes, ask for prayers

The airstrikes carried out by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against Syria on Friday constituted “unjust” and... Read more

A family of Syrian refugees who have been aided by Catholic Relief Services.

Catholic agencies concerned by drastic drop in Syrian refugees admitted to US

Catholic leaders have said that the dramatic decrease in the number of Syrian refugees accepted by the United States is... Read more

Syrian refugees.

Syria is a new 'massacre of the innocents,' nuncio says

As the number of civilian victims in Syria's bloody civil war continues to climb, Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in... Read more

Annie Artin (R), and her mother, Silva Owadis, in Aleppo.

In Aleppo, a heroine of endurance

Annie Artin, 15, is a lonely girl who lives with her mother, Silva Owadis, 37, her grandmother, and aunt in... Read more

Damascus bombing kills 9 in Christian districts

An estimated nine people were killed in a bombing on Monday afternoon in Damascus. The shelling targeted the Bab Touma... Read more

Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus.

Syrian bishop narrowly avoids death in bombing

A bomb fell in the bedroom of the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus last week. He was spared death, he says,... Read more

A hospital in Aleppo.

In Syria there are more deaths from lack of healthcare than from bombs

Though the Syrian civil war has de-escalated in recent months, the Holy See's nuncio to the country says its problems... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri and his wife, Lara Bashir Al Azem, at the Vatican, Oct. 13, 2017.

Pope Francis, Lebanese prime minister discuss Middle East

Pope Francis and the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Rafic Hariri, discussed Friday the current situation in the Middle East... Read more

The scene of a May 2015 attack on Christians in Aleppo.

Aleppo's Melkite archbishop looks to rebuild city from the ashes

After the Syrian city of Aleppo lost over half its Christian population during the conflict among government forces and various... Read more

What the Holy See told the UN about Middle East Christians

The Middle East needs peace, human rights, and the continued presence of Christians, a Holy See diplomat told the U.N.... Read more

Aleppo as it appeared before Syria's civil war, in October 2009.

How the Church is helping Christians return to Aleppo

Christians who fled Aleppo because of the four year battle for the city are now returning, and in the face... Read more