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Armenian Catholic priest killed in Syria; ISIS claims responsibility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pope Francis presides over the recitation of the rosary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love.

Pope Francis makes rosary pilgrimage for peace in Syria

Pope Francis made a rosary pilgrimage May 1 to invoke intercession from the Blessed Virgin Mary for peace in Syria.  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

Syrians wounded in the city of Aleppo.

How hospitals are targeted in the Syrian civil war

Hospitals have become military targets in Syria, making it difficult to provide aid to victims of the country’s civil war,... Read more

As US mulls Syria airstrikes, Francis calls for peace

As President Trump considers airstrikes in Syria in response to a chemical attack that killed dozens of people, including women... Read more