The Latest

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

Mar 8, 2020

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

Samer Hanna. Courtesy: Philos Project.

Syria’s Hidden Victims - Samer Hanna

Feb 21, 2020

Marginalized for centuries, persecuted by ISIS, afraid to attract any attention from the West, Syrian Christians remain, by most accounts,... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis appeals for displaced women and children in Syria

Feb 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appealed Sunday for the protection of women and children fleeing violence in northwestern Syria as more than half... Read more

Patriarchs, cardinals, politicians, and Christians from across the globe at the International Conference on Christian Persecution

International Conference on Christian Persecution convenes in Budapest

Nov 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Patriarchs, cardinals, politicians, and Christians from across the globe are in Budapest this week for the International Conference on Christian... Read more

Armenian Catholic priest killed in Syria; ISIS claims responsibility

Nov 12, 2019

The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group on Monday claimed responsibility for the shooting of an Armenian Catholic priest and his... Read more

Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border Oct. 13, 2019.

Pope Francis prays for ‘beloved and tormented’ Syria

Oct 13, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As Turkish-led forces began the fifth day of their move against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria Sunday, Pope Francis appealed... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin gives an intervention during a panel discussion hosted by Hungary at the UN General Assembly in NYC, Sept. 27, 2019.

At UN, Holy See requests increased aid for Middle Eastern Christians

Sep 28, 2019

As displaced Christians return to their homes in the Middle East, the Vatican Secretary of State encouraged U.N. representatives Friday... Read more

Pope Francis blesses an image of Mary in St. Peter's Square May 3, 2017.

Pope Francis gives thousands of rosaries to Christians in Syria

Aug 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis announced Thursday that he is giving 6,000 blessed rosaries to Catholic communities in Syria as a sign of... Read more

Protected status extended 18 months for some Syrians in the US

Aug 3, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced August 1 that it is extending Syria’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18... Read more

Pope Francis on Sept. 12, 2018.

Pope Francis petitions Assad to protect weak and defenseless in Syria

Jul 22, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis, with concern for the humanitarian crisis in bombarded Idlib, has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to safeguard... Read more

Aleppo, Syria, in 2009.

New campaign to bring food, medicine to Syrian Christians

Jul 17, 2019

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

Catholics from Syria and Iraq walk the Chartres pilgrimage June 10, 2019.

Pentecost pilgrimages in France, Middle East link Catholics in prayer

Jun 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Catholics walked through Syria’s Wadi al-Nasara, or “Valley of the Christians,” this Pentecost, praying the rosary, alternating between the Arabic... Read more

Pope Francis Aug. 12, 2018.

We will be judged for whether we shared 'our daily bread,' pope says

Mar 27, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The ‘daily bread’ asked of God in the ‘Our Father’ is for everyone, and Christians will be judged by how... Read more

Refugees flee the Syrian Civil War in 2015.

Rebuilding broken hearts: A Syrian sister’s prayer for her country

Jan 31, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As the people of Syria work to rebuild the cities, hospitals, homes, and schools that were destroyed through years of... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Dec. 25, 2018.

Pope’s Christmas Wish: Peace & brotherhood in world’s conflicts

Dec 25, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the... Read more

A center for internally displaced persons, most of whom are Christians, in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Trump signs law to aid Christians in Iraq, Syria

Dec 11, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, which seeks to ensure... Read more

Pope Francis lights a candle for Syria during the Angelus Dec. 2, 2018.

Pope Francis lights candle for children in Syria

Dec 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Sunday lit a candle, a symbol of hope, to pray for the children affected by violence and war... Read more

Cardinal recounts heroic hope of families facing atrocities in Syria

Aug 24, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a keynote address at the World Meeting of Families on Friday, Cardinal Mario Zenari outlined the atrocities lived by... Read more

Destruction in Azaz, Syria.

Syrian priest: International community is key to lasting peace

May 31, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The key to ending Syria’s ongoing conflict lies not with the local people, but with the leaders of the international... Read more

Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

Papal agency raises funds to help Christians remain in the Middle East

May 25, 2018

The Catholic Near East Welfare Association in Canada is launching a fundraising campaign to help Christians in the Middle East... Read more