Syrian Civil War

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Syrian Refugees.

Five years into the Syrian Civil War, a look at those who've fled

Mar 15, 2016

March 15 marks five years since civil war broke out in Syria. The conflict has had devastating consequences for the... Read more

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

There's no alternative: help Israel and Palestine seek peace, archbishop tells UN

Feb 2, 2016

Peace was the focus of the Holy See's representative in a recent speech to the United Nations, where he renewed... Read more

Fr. Dhiya Aziz, who was liberated by his captors Jan. 4, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

After second abduction, Franciscan priest freed in Syria

Jan 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

Franciscan priest Fr. Dhiya Aziz, who had been briefly kidnapped by unknown jihadist militants in Syria in July and was... Read more

Father Jacques Mourad, who recently escaped from the Islamic State.

This priest was abducted by ISIS, but he isn't giving up on a mission of mercy

Dec 12, 2015

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

A Syrian priest who spent more than four months as a captive of the Islamic State is headed back to... Read more

Jordanian troops and UNHCR officials help bring Syrian refugees to Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp.

They fled terrorists, too – why Catholics are resettling a refugee family in Indiana

Dec 9, 2015

Efforts to resettle a Syrian refugee family in Indiana are part of a long Catholic tradition that saves lives, the... Read more

Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria in Jordan.

Resist the urge to scapegoat Syrian refugees after Paris attacks, bishops advise

Nov 18, 2015

Several bishops are saying we must resist the temptation to scapegoat all Middle Eastern refugees, since they themselves are fleeing... Read more

Father Jacques Mourad, who recently escaped from the Islamic State.

'It's truly a miracle' – kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from Islamic State

Oct 15, 2015

A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now,... Read more

Prelates survey the damage following an attack on Christians in Aleppo.

Christ is our only hope – Syrian Christians pray for miracles amid Islamists' carnage

Sep 18, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Syrian natives who have ministered to refugees from the civil war there are trusting in God to protect their fellow... Read more

Islamic State released images showing its militants demolishing Mar Elian monastery outside Al Quaryatayn, Syria, August 2015.

Islamic State destroys ancient Catholic monastery in Syria

Aug 21, 2015

Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a... Read more

A Christian church in Al-Hasakah, Syria, in 2009.

Could the release of 22 Christians signal another Islamic State attack?

Aug 13, 2015

By Elise Harris

After Islamic State militants on Tuesday freed 22 Christians they have held captive since February, a Syrian archbishop cautioned that... Read more

The hands of a Syrian woman now living as a refugee in Jordan.

Priest urges prayer for victims, perpetrators of latest Islamic State abduction in Syria

Aug 10, 2015

A priest in Syria has called for prayer after militants of the Islamic State kidnapped dozens of both Christians and... Read more

A young adult choir prepares to perform at a celebration for Archbishop Jeanbart's

Aleppo archbishop aims to help Christians stay in Syria

Jul 24, 2015

With half of Syria’s population displaced due to its ongoing civil war, Church leaders in the country are seeking to... Read more

A bullet-riddent bust of St. Ephrem in the remains of St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox parish in Homs. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

Franciscans asks prayers for kidnapped priest in Syria

Jul 7, 2015

The organizations of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land have requested prayers for the safe return of Father Dhiya... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, at the Vatican, June 19, 2015.

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity

Jun 20, 2015

Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special... Read more

The five patriarchs of Antioch at their June 8 meeting in Damascus.

Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Jun 9, 2015

The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while... Read more

Fr. Jacques Mourad (R), in Deir Mar Mousa with Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio (L) in an undated photo. Fr. Mourad was abducted this week, and Fr. Dall'Oglio in July 2013.

Syrian Catholic archdiocese asks prayers for kidnapped priest

May 22, 2015

The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed on Friday that a priest in the diocese has been kidnapped, and has... Read more

Interior of a damaged church building in Aleppo, April 2015.

A modern-day St Francis? Archbishop works to rebuild Syrian Church amid destruction

May 15, 2015

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

A four-year civil war in Syria has left a mounting death toll and displaced millions of persons, but one bishop... Read more

A young Syrian child raises her arms in a gesture of surrender.

The 'surrender' of a Syrian girl gives face to the plight of refugee children

Apr 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

A photo that went viral last week depicting a young Syrian child “surrendering” in front of a camera she thought... Read more

The remains of St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox parish in Homs, Syria.

Christians returning to Homs, Syria, even though Islamic State looms

Apr 1, 2015

In the wake of the Syrian regime’s taking full control of the ancient Christian city of Homs almost a year... Read more

Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, who was kidnapped near the Turkish border April 22, 2013. Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

Read the words of an Orthodox bishop kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago

Mar 15, 2015

On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped... Read more