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Pope Francis met with Abdullah Kurdi in Erbil, Iraq on March 7, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Iraq meets with father whose children died as refugees in shipwreck

Mar 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met Sunday with a father who lost his wife and two children in a shipwreck as Syrian war... Read more

Archbishop John Jihad Battah, Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Damascus, Syria, at the Vatican. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez.

Catholic archbishop of Damascus appeals for Syrians to return home

Feb 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

As the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war approaches, the Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Damascus is appealing... Read more

The Syrian flag.

Cardinal says Syria has been hit with a ‘poverty bomb’

Sep 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

After nearly 10 years of war, the Syrian people have now been hit with a “poverty bomb” amid the coronavirus... Read more

Fr. Edward Tamer, a Franciscan friar who has died of COVID-19 at the age of 83. Photos courtesy of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

‘I will die with them and for them’: Franciscan friar who survived Syrian War dies of COVID-19

Sep 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

When asked by his superior if he wanted to leave Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, Fr. Edward Tamer replied... Read more

The restored Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo, Syria.

Catholic cathedral in Syria that survived missile attacks reopens after restoration

Jul 20, 2020

A Catholic cathedral that was repeatedly struck by missiles amid the Syrian civil war was due to reopen Monday following... Read more

Pope Francis on Sept. 12, 2018.

Pope Francis petitions Assad to protect weak and defenseless in Syria

Jul 22, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis, with concern for the humanitarian crisis in bombarded Idlib, has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to safeguard... 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

Apr 15, 2018

The airstrikes carried out by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against Syria on Friday constituted “unjust” and... Read more

Don't believe in hell? You haven't seen Syria lately, cardinal says

Mar 30, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Six years after the start of the Civil War, Syria's apostolic nuncio said that the country is in a “bloodbath”... Read more