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Syrian archbishop-elect Father Jacques Mourad.

New Syrian Catholic archbishop tells how he survived captivity by Islamic State

Jan 23, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

The appointment of Father Jacques Mourad, a Syrian priest, as archbishop was confirmed by Pope Francis on Jan. 7. Read more

Aftermath of the attack on the inauguration of Hagia Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Al-Suqaylabiyah, Syria, July 24, 2022.

Casualties reported after attack on church inauguration in Syria

Jul 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

At least one person was killed and several were injured Sunday in an attack on the inauguration of a Greek... Read more

Pope Francis met with the synod of bishops of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on June 20, 2022.

Pope Francis discusses ‘survival of Christians in the Middle East’ with Melkite bishops

Jun 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Melkite Greek Catholic Church's synod of bishops is taking place in Rome this week. Read more

A Syrian refugee.

‘You are not forgotten,’ Pope Francis tells Syrians entering 12th year of war

Mar 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Since the war started on March 15, 2011, half a million people have died. Read more

Majed, a Syrian refugee living in Zahlé, Lebanon.

Here’s what a young Syrian refugee is hoping for this Christmas

Dec 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘I have become a refugee, just like the Child Jesus,’ says Majed. Read more

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 Mares

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