The U.S. Catholic Church will focus attention on the plight of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria with a day of prayer Nov. 26 and a weeklong observance to raise awareness and educate people about their situation.
“The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria” is a beautifully crafted narrative that delves into the lives of Syrians with stories that smoothly weave in and out of a complex political context and challenges readers to think about contradictions in human nature and history.
The first three refugee families from Syria welcomed by the Vatican left their temporary homes to start their new lives in Italy, and three new families took their places in Vatican apartments.
It’s an open question as to just what the United States would do for the Middle East’s Christian minorities under the presidential administration of Donald Trump.
Aleppo, once Syria’s largest city and once known as its jewel, sits in rubble, but more tragically so do its people.
Expressing his “profound pain and deep concern for what is happening in this already martyred city,” the pope told people that it is a place where death strikes “children, the elderly, the sick, young people, old people, everyone.”
His name is Omran. He sits motionless in an Aleppo ambulance after his family home was bombed. His silent stare screams at anyone looking: “I am a human being! Why can’t you see me?”
Pope Francis lamented at how many defenseless civilians are forced to “pay the price” of the ongoing Syrian crisis, and he expressed his solidarity for those affected.
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Syrian refugee Mohammed Noman, 19, sells daily bus tours of Turkey’s major attractions to Arabic-speaking clients. On a recent afternoon break from his small kiosk on Cumhuriyet Caddesi, a main street in Istanbul, he smoked cigarettes and recounted how he ended up there. “I wanted to finish school, join the marines and […]
UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — While religious freedom in much of the Middle East is under siege and the civil war in Syria seems to have no end in sight, Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, and others called the United Nations to action. The U.N. plays a crucial role in securing the future […]
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GREECE (CNS) — When an aide suggested Pope Francis offer to fly some Syrian refugees back to Rome with him, he said he said yes immediately because it was “an inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” In the end, he said, 12 Syrians — members of three families, including six children […]