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How Catholic hospitals can help heal Syria – literally

There are about three million people without heath care in war-torn Syria, and the papal envoy to the country has... Read more

Pope Francis hosts a lunch with Syrian refugees at his residence in Vatican City, Aug. 11, 2016.

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said... Read more

Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Christian groups divided over 'safe zones' for Syrian refugees

After President Donald Trump pushed for the creation of safe zones for refugees in the Middle East, advocates and humanitarian... Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump signs two executive orders during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security.

US bishops: Trump's refugee order will only harm victims of war, terror

Catholic bishops and relief leaders were among the critics of President Donald Trump’s order to implement stricter vetting on refugees... Read more

Vatican sends team to Aleppo in support of those suffering from the war

On behalf of Pope Francis, the secretary of the new Vatican department for Promoting Integral Human Development made a six-day... Read more

Pilgrim holds up statue of baby Jesus during the Angelus in St. Peter's Square Dec. 11, 2016.

Pope Francis prays for Aleppo, victims of recent terrorist attacks

During the Angelus for the third Sunday of Advent, also called Gaudete Sunday, Pope Francis made a special appeal for... Read more

Archbishop Mario Zenari, who will be elevated to the cardinalate at the Nov. 19 consistory, speaks at a Sept. 2015 conference.

'Beloved' Syria's new cardinal a sign of the Pope's closeness

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said that Francis’ decision to give a red hat to the longtime... Read more

Syrian children.

Syrian children to unite in prayer for an end to violence

Christian and Muslim children of Aleppo, Syria will gather together in prayer on October 6 to plead for an end... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of migrants and refugees during Holy Thursday Mass March 24, 2016.

The world needs a merciful response to refugees, Pope Francis says

In a world marked by increasing war and conflict, Pope Francis said a generous and merciful response to those fleeing... Read more

A young Syrian refugee at school in Ramtha, Jordan on Oct. 27, 2014.

The US has resettled 10,000 Syrian refugees in the last year

As the Obama administration announced Monday that the U.S. had met its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal... Read more

A shell in the street of Homs, Syria.

In war-torn Syria, Our Lady of Peace Cathedral needs help

The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria.  Read more

Pope Francis eats lunch with 21 Syrian refugees in the Casa Santa Marta Aug. 11, 2016.

Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St Peters Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope: It's 'unacceptable' that civilians must pay the price of Syrian conflict

On Sunday, Pope Francis lamented at how many defenseless civilians are forced to “pay the price” of the ongoing Syrian... Read more

Al and Yousef Astfan are brothers from Syria who reunited in Krakow at World Youth Day after three years.

Syrian brothers reunite at WYD, and ask the world to pray

Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.  Read more

St. Peter's Basilica at the Vigil of Divine Mercy, April 2, 2016.

What the Holy See has to say about conflict in the Middle East

If peace is to be achieved in the Middle East, it will be a joint effort, requiring the cooperation of... Read more

Vacation Bible School is a light in darkness for Syrian children

For children growing up in Aleppo, Syria, life is anything but easy. In a city devastated civil war, bombings are... Read more

Pope Francis asks kids to join Syrian children in praying for peace

Millions of children have either been killed, displaced or orphaned as a result of Syria’s ongoing, bloody civil war.  Read more

Destroyed buildings in Homs, Syria.

The suffering of Syria's Christians taught him how to be a priest

Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he... Read more

Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria.

Aleppo archbishop calls for solidarity with Christians in Syria

The future of Christianity in the Middle East remains uncertain, and it is critical that the international community remain engaged,... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight, August, 2014.

Pope laments recent violence in Syria, renews call for dialogue

Pope Francis on Sunday decried the resurgence of violence in Syria in recent days, especially in Aleppo, and renewed the... Read more