Syrian Civil War

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Aleppo as it appeared before Syria's civil war, in October 2009.

How the Church is helping Christians return to Aleppo

Jun 23, 2017

Christians who fled Aleppo because of the four year battle for the city are now returning, and in the face... Read more

Omar al-Muqdad. Courtesy of Omar al-Muqdad.

'I had to flee for my life' – The reality of being a Syrian refugee

Jun 20, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help... Read more

The remains of St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox parish in Homs.

'Roughly half' of Iraqi, Syrian Christians have fled since 2011

Jun 15, 2017

A new report estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of Christians have fled the countries of Iraq and Syria... Read more

The United States capitol building.

Sanctions on Syria's military a good step, Christian advocate says

May 22, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that issues additional sanctions against supporters of Syria’s Assad... Read more

The destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017.

What Catholic leaders had to say about US missile strikes in Syria

Apr 7, 2017

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

The Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo expressed regret and disappointment at Thursday’s U.S. missile strikes in Syria, saying he hoped for... Read more

In Aleppo, Christians find protection in the world's prayers

Apr 6, 2017

The attitude of Christians in Aleppo seems to have improved since Syrian government forces re-took the city, and they believe... Read more

Pope Francis with President of Lebanon Michel Aoun in Vatican City.

Pope Francis and Lebanese president talk Syrian war

Mar 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

With the 6th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war as backdrop this week, Pope Francis met Thursday morning... Read more

The scene of a May 2015 attack on Christians in Aleppo.

Pope makes humanitarian appeal for Syria, as rebels lose Aleppo

Dec 12, 2016

Pope Francis has sent a letter to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad appealing for peace and for humanitarian relief, as the... Read more

Father Jacques Mourad, who escaped from Islamic State.

In Syrian monastery, priest who escaped ISIS sees signs of hope

Nov 27, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The fourth-century saint Mar Elian’s relics survived the Islamic State’s destruction of the Syrian monastery that bears his name, and... Read more

Fr. Jacques Mourad, who was held captive by the Islamic State for nearly five months in 2015.

Syrian priest who escaped ISIS: 'our world needs a revolution against violence'

Oct 17, 2016

Father Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian monastery, a pilgrimage centre near Al Quaryatayn, about 65 miles southeast... Read more

Muslim and Christian children prepare appeals for peace at a gathering in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 4, 2016.

In Syria, more than one million children sign appeal for peace

Oct 6, 2016

This week, children at more than 2,000 schools across Syria are drawing images of peace and writing messages to the... Read more

In Syria, Aleppo's Catholics pray and fast for peace

Aug 11, 2016

As rebel factions continue to fight Syria's Assad government for control of Aleppo, Syria's largest city, Christians in the metropolis... Read more

Al and Yousef Astfan are brothers from Syria who reunited in Krakow at World Youth Day after three years.

Syrian brothers reunite at WYD, and ask the world to pray

Jul 27, 2016

By Kate Veik, Kevin J. Jones

Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.  Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war

Jul 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of... Read more

Vacation Bible School is a light in darkness for Syrian children

Jun 21, 2016

For children growing up in Aleppo, Syria, life is anything but easy. In a city devastated civil war, bombings are... Read more

Pope Francis asks kids to join Syrian children in praying for peace

May 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

Millions of children have either been killed, displaced or orphaned as a result of Syria’s ongoing, bloody civil war.  Read more

A priest stands before the ruins of St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox parish in Homs.

How Christians in Syria keep the faith amid a civil war

May 5, 2016

By Matt Hadro

In a Christian neighborhood inside war-torn Syria, a young boy was waiting to be discharged from a hospital after undergoing... Read more

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