Syrian Conflict

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Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

Pope pleads for ceasefire amid 'inhuman conflict' in Syria

Oct 12, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis begged for an end to the terrible conflict in Syria, asking for an immediate ceasefire to... Read more

A young Syrian refugee at school in Ramtha, Jordan on Oct. 27, 2014.

The US has resettled 10,000 Syrian refugees in the last year

Aug 31, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As the Obama administration announced Monday that the U.S. had met its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St Peters Square on June 17, 2015.

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

Aug 7, 2016

On Sunday, Pope Francis lamented at how many defenseless civilians are forced to “pay the price” of the ongoing Syrian... Read more

The hands of a Syrian refugee woman.

Debt, illness, discrimination – Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

Dec 17, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

After losing their homes and their livelihoods, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are now finding their plight worsened by the financial... Read more

A young Syrian refugee at school in Ramtha, Jordan on Oct. 27, 2014.

Catastrophe ahead? UN halts Syrian refugee food program

Dec 3, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

With winter approaching, Congress must act to help Syrian refugees whose basic needs are threatened by the U.N. suspension of... Read more

Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees

Nov 12, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Near the Lebanon-Syria border, two religious sisters are among the staff members at a refugee service center working to give... Read more

  Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Remember suffering Syrians, CRS leader implores

Jun 1, 2014

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

As agencies meet at the Vatican to discuss the Syria crisis, the head of Catholic Relief Services said that the... Read more

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Syrian patriarch: aid needed to calm Christian flight

Jan 29, 2014

Syria’s leading Catholic bishop has said that humanitarian aid should be increased in and near Syria to help contain Christians’... Read more

Mother Agnes Mariam de la Croix.

Carmelite nun from Syria describes pain of civil war

Nov 21, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, a Lebanese-born nun who has lived nearly 20 years in Syria, is travelling the... Read more

Syrians streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq on August 15, 2013.

Syrian refugees find support from Catholic Relief Services

Sep 10, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Unable to enter refugee camps run by the United Nations, many Syrians fleeing from violence in their home country have... Read more

Piotr Nowina-Konopka, Poland's new ambassador to the Holy See, at the Polish embassy on Sept. 10, 2013.

New Polish ambassador says Pope 'will not give up' on Syria

Sep 10, 2013

Poland's new Vatican ambassador Piotr Nowina-Konopka says that Pope Francis will not back down in helping resolve the Syrian conflict... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith.

War crimes tribunal suggested as alternative to strike on Syria

Sep 6, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

A ranking member of the U.S. House has proposed a war crimes tribunal as an alternative to military intervention in... Read more

Patriarch Gregorios III Laham.

Melkite leader says attacks on Syria would worsen situation

Sep 4, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has argued that despite reported chemical attacks in Syria, foreign military intervention... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on July 7, 2013.

Pope and Jordanian king urge dialogue to end Syrian violence

Aug 29, 2013

Pope Francis met with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday morning, giving special attention to the... Read more