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Pope Francis touches an image of Mary at the Sept. 7 prayer vigil for peace.

Papal peace vigil draws positive response

Sep 8, 2013

Pope Francis’ four-hour Saturday prayer vigil is part of a “major peace initiative” that is receiving a favorable reaction across... Read more

A procession of a Marian image began the Sept. 7 prayer vigil at the Vatican.

Tourists and pilgrims pray for peace at Vatican vigil

Sep 7, 2013

As the sun set over St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Rhode Islander Angeline Martin stood in line for confession and... Read more

Basilica of the Agony located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane.

Jerusalem Patriarchate to participate in prayer vigil for Syria

Sep 6, 2013

Joining in Pope Francis' call to make Sept. 7 a day of fasting and prayer for the people of Syria,... Read more

The participants of the G20 Leaders Summit have arrived at their first working meeting Sept 5, 2013.

Pope asks world leaders to reject 'futile' military action in Syria

Sep 5, 2013

As world leaders meet in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the G20 summit, Pope Francis has sent a message urging against... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi at the Vatican Press Office October 26, 2012.

Vatican rejects report that Pope Francis telephoned Assad

Sep 5, 2013

A Vatican official denied a news story that claimed that Pope Francis had telephoned the Syrian president, Bashar Al-Assad.  Read more

Syrians streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq on August 15, 2013.

Twenty-thousand Syrian Kurds forced to take refuge in Iraq

Aug 21, 2013

Following recent clashes in Syria between al-Qaeda linked opposition groups and Kurdish forces, 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Iraqi... Read more

Fr.Ibrahim Alsabagh speaks to CNA on July 4, 2013 at the Church of Sts. Fabian and Venantius.

Murdered Syrian priest's friend feels closeness of martyrdom

Jul 8, 2013

Franciscan Friar Ibrahim Alsabagh says that remembering the June 23 killing of his friend, a Syrian priest, at a Mass... Read more

Israeli troops train in Golan Heights, Syria, on June 12, 2013.

Slain Syrian priest remembered at Mass in Rome

Jul 2, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Francois Mourad, a monk killed last week in the ongoing violence in Syria, is being prayed for and remembered... Read more

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria.

Cardinal says foreign pressures fuel violence in Nigeria, Syria

Jun 20, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

At a conference of interfaith leaders in Milan, Cardinal John O. Onaiyekan suggested that Islamist violence in his country of... Read more

Austin Tice. Courtesy of The Tice Family.

Parents of kidnapped journalist grateful for Pope's words

Jun 5, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

The parents of kidnapped American journalist Austin Tice have appealed again for his release, voicing gratitude for Pope Francis' words... Read more

Noujad (far right) lost her husband to the violence in Syria, and her son is still missing.

Pope to Syrian Christians: you have 'great task' of remaining

Jun 5, 2013

Pope Francis vigorously appealed for peace in Syria and told the Christians there that they have “the great task” of... Read more


Mideast Christians unite in prayer for abducted bishops

May 23, 2013

Orthodox and Catholic Christians in the Middle East gathered this week to pray for and appeal for the realease of... Read more


Mass held in Rome for kidnapped Syrian bishops

May 11, 2013

Eastern Catholic clergy celebrated a Mass in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin to pray for two archbishops and... Read more

Patriarch Gregory III Laham at press conference in Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin.

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Apr 18, 2013

The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in... Read more

A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the heavy attack leveled on the city 11 June 2012.

Papal agency working to help displaced Syrians

Mar 19, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Catholic Near East Welfare Association is working with local Churches in and around Syria to help refugees and those who... Read more

Syrian war survivors receive help from the Sisters of Charity of Besançon.

After two years of Syrian violence, religious sisters continue aid

Mar 15, 2013

While the world marks the second anniversary of demonstrations that began what is now the Syrian civil war, the Sisters... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah appears in a April 2012 interview with CNA. File photo.

Vatican officials arrive in Jordan as refugee crisis continues

Feb 19, 2013

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, is visiting Jordan to take stock of the serious refugee... Read more


Catholic hospital in Jordan struggles to help Syrian refugees

Jan 17, 2013

A Jordanian Catholic hospital is appealing for more money to help with the growing influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to ambassadors at the Vatican's Regia Hall on Jan. 7, 2013.

Pope asks diplomats to seek peace, appeals for Syria

Jan 7, 2013

Pope Benedict gave a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats that urged an end to the “slaughter”... Read more

Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled June 9, 2012 in the city of Homs, Syria.

Syrian conflict could worsen Christian exodus

Jan 4, 2013

Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join... Read more