Syrian Civil War

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

Report: Syrian rebel group makes Christians low-status subjects

Mar 5, 2014

An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay... Read more

Gregorios III, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch.

Syrian patriarch calls for prayer as peace talks begin

Jan 22, 2014

The Patriarch of Antioch has called for prayers “in every home in Syria” and around the world for a successful... Read more

Smoke billows skyward as buildings are shelled in Homs, June 9, 2012.

Vatican to appeal for reconciliation at Syrian peace conference

Jan 21, 2014

Pope Francis' continual focus on the Syrian civil war will contribute to the Holy See playing a key role at... Read more

Syrian refugees.

Bishops ask Congress to support, resettle Syrian refugees

Jan 17, 2014

The U.S. bishops have encouraged Congress to work to end the violence in Syria, and to help address the major... Read more

Mother Agnes Mariam de la Croix.

Carmelite nun from Syria describes pain of civil war

Nov 21, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, a Lebanese-born nun who has lived nearly 20 years in Syria, is travelling the... Read more

Melkite Greek Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch.

Vatican nunciature to Syria hit by mortar; no casualties

Nov 5, 2013

The Vatican's nunciature in Damascus was hit by a mortar round at 6:30 am on Tuesday, damaging the building but... Read more

Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic in Damascus April 24, 2007.

Congressional hearing considers Syrian war crimes tribunal

Oct 31, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

In a hearing before a congressional committee, policy officials called for the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal to... Read more

Thousands of Syrian refugees cross a bridge over the Tigris into Iraq, Aug. 15, 2013.

Syrian bishop calls for dialogue, continuing Christian presence

Oct 21, 2013

While calling for dialogue between Syria’s Assad regime and moderates among the opposition, a Maronite Catholic bishop has stressed the... Read more

International Committee of the Red Cross.

Three Red Cross workers remain kidnapped in Syria

Oct 14, 2013

A day after their kidnapping in Syria, the whereabouts of three relief workers from the Red Cross remain unknown, though... Read more

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

Syrian refugees find support from Catholic Relief Services

Sep 10, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Unable to enter refugee camps run by the United Nations, many Syrians fleeing from violence in their home country have... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

DC cardinal highlights role of prayer in Syria resolution

Sep 9, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Joining in a global day of prayer for peace in Syria, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., urged Catholics... Read more

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states of the Holy See, addresses the UN General Assembly.

Vatican diplomat promotes moderation among Syrians

Sep 6, 2013

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican City's secretary for relations with states, told a group of ambassadors that stakeholders in the Syrian... 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

Claude Semaan sits with refugee children in Syria.

Child's smile enough to keep volunteers in Syria

Jul 15, 2013

A Syrian woman who works in a center for children opened during the country's civil war said that the smile... Read more

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

Facing risk of death, Syrian priests remain faithful

Jun 26, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as... Read more

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

Bishops push State Department to help end Syrian civil war

Jun 20, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Two bishops have written to Secretary of State John Kerry urging that the United States work to end the Syrian... Read more