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Pope John Paul II, center, waves to a crowd of wellwishers May 7, 2001 during a visit to the demilitarized city of Qunaitra, Syria in the Golan Heights.

The Syria visited by Pope John Paul II, and Syria today

When Pope Saint John Paul II visited Syria in 2001, he called on Christians to remember Syria’s “magnificent contribution” to... Read more

For Christians in Syria, Holy Week is a time for renewing faith

Christians in Syria have suffered greatly in recent years. Between the Syrian civil war and ISIS occupation, many have lost... Read more

A woman at Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015.

Knights of Columbus announce Easter pledge to aid persecuted Christians

In light of Holy Week, the Knights of Columbus announced that it will be donating more than $1 million to... Read more

Syrian refugees.

Syria is a new 'massacre of the innocents,' nuncio says

As the number of civilian victims in Syria's bloody civil war continues to climb, Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in... Read more

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

Pope Francis: Fresh violence in Syria's Eastern Ghouta is 'inhumane'

After a week of heavy bombardment near Damascus left hundreds of civilians dead, Pope Francis has made an appeal for... Read more

Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of Antioach.

The return home: Syriac Christians celebrate Eucharistic liturgy in ravaged church

For the first time in nearly six years, Christians from the eastern city of Deir Ezzor in Syria were able... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri and his wife, Lara Bashir Al Azem, at the Vatican, Oct. 13, 2017.

Pope Francis, Lebanese prime minister discuss Middle East

Pope Francis and the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Rafic Hariri, discussed Friday the current situation in the Middle East... Read more

Syriac Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Joseph III Younan attends a prayer event Santa Maria ai Monti parish in Rome, April 17, 2015.

Christians in Middle East feel 'abandoned, betrayed' by the West

As interreligious tensions and a migration crisis continue in the Middle East, key Church leaders in the region have said... Read more

Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley of Lebanon.

How the US needs to stick up for the Middle East's Christians

Christians in the Middle East are heroic witnesses to the faith, and the U.S. must help ensure they can stay... Read more

What the Holy See told the UN about Middle East Christians

The Middle East needs peace, human rights, and the continued presence of Christians, a Holy See diplomat told the U.N.... Read more

Omar al-Muqdad. Courtesy of Omar al-Muqdad.

'I had to flee for my life' – The reality of being a Syrian refugee

Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help... Read more

The remains of St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox parish in Homs.

'Roughly half' of Iraqi, Syrian Christians have fled since 2011

A new report estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of Christians have fled the countries of Iraq and Syria... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima statue in Lisbon, Portugal, May 9, 2017.

Sign of hope in Syria – Aleppo consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

Still reeling from the Syrian civil war, the city of Aleppo saw a ray of hope this weekend with a... Read more

First Lady Melania Trump and Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh of Syria.

Syrian nun awarded by US will back any leader who brings peace

As the conflict in Syria rages on, a Salesian nun honored by the White House as a “Woman of Courage”... Read more

Chemical attack in Syria 'shocks the soul,' says top US bishop

Religious and political leaders have renewed calls for peace as they decried dozens of reported civilian deaths by poison gas... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience on May 22, 2015.

Pope Francis condemns deadly attacks in Syria, Russia

On Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his horror at a chemical weapon attack in the province of Idlib, Syria the previous... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis prays for Iraq as civilian death toll rises

With the battle for major ISIS strongholds heating up in Iraq, Pope Francis has voiced his closeness to the country,... Read more

Syrian children.

Charity group appeals to fund milk for Syrian children

The Spain-based branch of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has issued an urgent appeal for... Read more

Among horror stories from Syria, a woman's unborn baby was cut in half

As the Syrian Civil War begins its seventh year, Syrian doctors told members of Congress of the “unspeakable horrors” they... Read more

Syrian priest: After liberation of Aleppo, living conditions still dire

Nearly three months after the Syrian Army liberated the city of Aleppo from ISIS control, the local population is facing... Read more