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Syrian Christian refugees.

Vatican representative at UN pleads for end to Syria 'bloodbath'

The apostolic nuncio to the United Nations urged those with influence over the warring parties in Syria to encourage them... Read more


Kidnapped Syrian bishop in need of medicine

No news has emerged of the two kidnapped Orthodox bishops in Syria, more than a week since their disappearance, and... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Cardinal Dolan urges freedom for kidnapped bishops

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a plea for the... Read more

Prof. Thomas Farr.

Kidnapped bishops spur call for religious freedom promotion

The recent kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria has a former diplomat urging the U.S. government to make religious... Read more

Patriarch Gregorios III Laham.

Syrian Christians begin traditional fast amid continuing violence

The head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church encouraged Syria's Eastern Catholics to offer prayers for peace during their church's... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict urges end to bloodshed in Syria

Pope Benedict XVI called for an immediate halt to “all violence and shedding of blood” in Syria during his weekly... Read more

Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus.

Syrian archbishop laments continued violence

Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus spoke out against the violent conflict between government and rebel forces in Syria, drawing... Read more


Patriarch hopes Lebanon papal visit will bring peace to Syria

Patriarch Gregorios III, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, said he hopes Pope Benedict's visit to Lebanon in September will... Read more

Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria

Syrian bishop says civil war not the only option

One of Syria's most senior Catholic bishops believes his country can still regain the path to peace and reform despite... Read more