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Mass is celebrated in Baalbek, Lebanon.

Catholic charity announces $5.6M to help Lebanon and Syria’s Christians

Nov 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The funds will help to support young newlyweds. Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (front row, sixth from left) with Syrian Catholic Church leaders.

Pope Francis donates $170,000 to Catholic Church in Syria

Oct 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

The country’s civil war has claimed more than 350,000 lives since 2011. Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, in St. Peter’s Square, Oct. 10, 2019.

Vatican cardinal visits Syria in 10th year of civil war

Oct 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri will spend eight days in the country. Read more

Cardinal Mario Zenari takes possession of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie alle Fornaci in Rome, Italy on March 25, 2017.

Cardinal who stayed in Syria says ‘time is running out’ for recovery after 10 years of war

Mar 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A cardinal who remained in Syria for the entire duration of the 10-year civil war has said that he fears... Read more

On 10th anniversary of Syria’s war, Catholic charity urges US and EU to help aid reach poor

Mar 15, 2021

On the 10th anniversary of Syria’s war, a Catholic charity has urged the U.S. and E.U. to remove obstacles to... Read more

Syrian refugee.

Catholic campaign to aid Syrian children who ‘have known nothing but war’

Mar 14, 2021

By Courtney Grogan

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war, the Catholic charity Caritas has launched a campaign... Read more

Pope Francis gives a blessing after his Angelus address on Aug. 30, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for 'martyred Syria' on eve of 10th anniversary of war

Mar 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged the world not to forget the ongoing suffering of the “martyred” people of Syria on the eve... Read more

Archbishop John Jihad Battah, Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Damascus, Syria, at the Vatican. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez.

Catholic archbishop of Damascus appeals for Syrians to return home

Feb 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

As the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war approaches, the Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Damascus is appealing... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on October 4, 2014.

Pope Francis offers support to beleaguered Christians of Syria and Iraq

Dec 11, 2020

Pope Francis urged Catholic charities Thursday to continue supporting embattled Christian minorities in Syria and Iraq.  Read more

Child standing in front of ruined building in Syria.

Remember Syrians this Christmas

Dec 9, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Do not forget the suffering Christians in Syria, a member of a pontifical aid foundation implored officials from the U.S.,... Read more

Cardinal Mario Zenari in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 19, 2016.

Cardinal tells diplomats: 11 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

Oct 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The apostolic nuncio to Syria met with diplomats accredited to the Vatican Thursday to inform them that an estimated 11... Read more

The Syrian flag.

Cardinal says Syria has been hit with a ‘poverty bomb’

Sep 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

After nearly 10 years of war, the Syrian people have now been hit with a “poverty bomb” amid the coronavirus... Read more

Fr. Edward Tamer, a Franciscan friar who has died of COVID-19 at the age of 83. Photos courtesy of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

‘I will die with them and for them’: Franciscan friar who survived Syrian War dies of COVID-19

Sep 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

When asked by his superior if he wanted to leave Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, Fr. Edward Tamer replied... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Syrian government to build replica of Hagia Sophia

Jul 30, 2020

The government of Syria plans to build a replica of Hagia Sophia, with support from Russia, as a protest against... Read more

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

Kidnapped priest remembered for his love of Syrian people

Jul 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

The restored Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo, Syria.

Catholic cathedral in Syria that survived missile attacks reopens after restoration

Jul 20, 2020

A Catholic cathedral that was repeatedly struck by missiles amid the Syrian civil war was due to reopen Monday following... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address June 7, 2020.

Pope Francis commends UN Security Council for global ceasefire resolution

Jul 5, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis applauded the United Nations Security Council Sunday for its recent resolution calling for an immediate global ceasefire amid... Read more

Mary Sayegh.

Syria’s Hidden Victims - Mary Sayegh

Apr 30, 2020

The Syrian civil war has led to one of the largest refugee crises of modern times, and presented unique problems... Read more

Seta Kale. Courtesy photo.

Syria’s Hidden Victims - Seta Kale

Mar 22, 2020

The Syrian civil war has led to one of the largest refugee crises of modern times, and presented unique problems... 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

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