Chemical attack in Syria 'shocks the soul,' says top US bishop

Religious and political leaders have renewed calls for peace as they decried dozens of reported civilian deaths by poison gas this week in the Syrian conflict. “The chemical attack in Syria on April 4 shocks the soul. The many innocent lives targeted by these terrible tools of war cry out for humanity’s protection,” Cardinal Daniel… Continue reading Chemical attack in Syria 'shocks the soul,' says top US bishop

Pope Francis condemns deadly attacks in Syria, Russia

On Wednesday Pope Francis expressed his horror at a chemical weapon attack in the province of Idlib in Syria on Tuesday, also expressing his sorrow for the victims of an attack April 3 in St. Petersburg, Russia. “We witness, horrified, the latest events in Syria,” the Pope said April 5. “I strongly deplore the unacceptable… Continue reading Pope Francis condemns deadly attacks in Syria, Russia

Pope Francis prays for Iraq as number of civilian deaths rise

With the battle for major ISIS strongholds heating up in Iraq, Pope Francis has voiced his closeness to the country, praying for the safety of people on the ground, particularly civilians caught in the crosshairs of the fighting. “My thoughts go out to civilians trapped in the western districts of Mosul and displaced because of… Continue reading Pope Francis prays for Iraq as number of civilian deaths rise

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

Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help with refugee resettlement, aiding those who came in finding housing, clothing and schools in Syria, where he lived. Little did he know that just a few years later, he himself would be a refugee fleeing… Continue reading 'I had to flee for my life' – The reality of being a Syrian refugee

Could your parish welcome a refugee family? Government appeals to churches for help

The Home Office has invited community groups to integrate refugees – but so far only two groups have joined the scheme The Home Office has appealed to churches to help integrate refugees, as it tries to meet a target of accepting 20,000 Syrians. The Full Community Sponsorship scheme, launched last July, allows community groups to take… Continue reading Could your parish welcome a refugee family? Government appeals to churches for help

President Obama signs religious freedom bill

The bill will attempt to help the US administration combat a worldwide escalation in persecution of religious minorities The US House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, and the bill has now been approved by President Barack Obama. The measure gives the Obama administration and the American State Department new tools,… Continue reading President Obama signs religious freedom bill

Aleppo Monastery damaged in bombardment, but no injuries reported

A vigil Mass that was due to take place at the monastery had been moved to a different church Aleppo’s Jesuit monastery was hit on Sunday during the battle for control of the city, although nobody was reported injured in the explosion. A vigil Mass that was due to take place there had been moved… Continue reading Aleppo Monastery damaged in bombardment, but no injuries reported

Pope says Syria has become a ‘workshop of cruelty’

Pope Francis tells officials of Caritas Internationalis that the world needs a ‘revolution of tenderness’ Where there is no tenderness, there is cruelty and what is unfolding in Syria is a veritable “workshop of cruelty”, Pope Francis has told governing members of Caritas Internationalis. “I believe the greatest illness of today is cardiac sclerosis,” he… Continue reading Pope says Syria has become a ‘workshop of cruelty’

Assad bombs kindergarten killing six children (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES)

In the Syrian rebel-held city of Harasta, children were slaughtered by a bombing believed to have been deployed by President Bashar al-Assad. At a nursery school in Harasta, children played on indoor playground equipment, pushed trucks along the tiled floors and took turns swinging on the play sets. The laughter in the kindergarten play room… Continue reading Assad bombs kindergarten killing six children (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Cardinal-designate says his appointment is a ‘gesture of love’ for Syria’s martyrs

Mario Zenari has served as the Pope’s representative in war-torn Syria since 2008 Cardinal-designate Mario Zenari who is apostolic nuncio to Syria has said the Pope’s decision to make him a cardinal was a “gesture of love” for Syrian martyrs. He has said that by choosing to give him a red cardinal’s hat, Pope Francis… Continue reading Cardinal-designate says his appointment is a ‘gesture of love’ for Syria’s martyrs

Crucified and beheaded – Christians slaughtered for refusing Islam

Eleven missionaries, including a 12-year-old boy, were slaughtered outside Aleppo, Syria. According to Breitbart, the murders occurred on August 28 when the Christians refused to convert to Islam. The Gospel Herald reported they died while reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Humanitarian group Christian Aid Mission spoke to relatives and witnesses who explained ISIS was responsible for… Continue reading Crucified and beheaded – Christians slaughtered for refusing Islam

St. Nicholas protects 30-day-old baby discovered beneath rubble of building

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed over 3,800 innocent civilians but one little girl was dramatically rescued from beneath a would-be cement grave of rubble. Volunteers have been sifting through debris to save who they could after Russia’s latest air strikes in Idlib on Thursday. With help from St. Nicholas, volunteer rescuer Abu Kifah… Continue reading St. Nicholas protects 30-day-old baby discovered beneath rubble of building

Syrian Christians return home after 3-years

Since the Al-Qaeda squad of terrorists also know as Al-Nusra Front attacked and took-over major regions of Syria (including Sadad) in 2013, Christians have fled the cities and seek refuge in neighboring nations. But a report to a Russian Media by the Sadadan mayor, Suleiman al Khalil explains that so far, over 150 Christians have returned… Continue reading Syrian Christians return home after 3-years

Mary's Meals to feed and educate Syrian refugees children

In the consideration to the adverse hunger and lack of education for the Syrian children in the various refugee camps, the United Nations UN had long before now revealed that if no emergent positive support and care is rendered to the over two million Syrian refugee children that it will lead to the ‘lost of… Continue reading Mary's Meals to feed and educate Syrian refugees children

Aid to the Church in Need provides support to thousands of refugees in desperate need

While nearly 12 million around half of Syria’s pre-war population have been displaced from their homes since the start of war almost five years ago, a Catholic charity, committed to helping refugee families affected by the crisis in the Middle East, Aid to the Church in Need relief package has promised to supply at least 5,000… Continue reading Aid to the Church in Need provides support to thousands of refugees in desperate need

The Holy Father Calls for help for the Suffering Christians in Syria

Pope Francis in his angelus prayer yesterday Sunday 07th February pleaded with the International community in an appeal for the Protection to Life to remember with compassion the plight of the Syrian civilians who have been in the pain of terrorism in their regions. He also called for a renewed commitment to the protection of life… Continue reading The Holy Father Calls for help for the Suffering Christians in Syria

Damascus Nuncio decries the usage of hunger as weapon in Syria

Mgr Mario Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio of Damascus exclaimed in distress the unfair usage of hunger to fight the Syrian Civil war. “Using hunger, and thirst, as a weapon of war is a crime, a shameful thing,” he said. “I am surprised that the international media is just talking about it now,” he told AsiaNews.… Continue reading Damascus Nuncio decries the usage of hunger as weapon in Syria

The Holy Father commends UN's resolution on Peace for the Middle-East

Pope Francis told the crowd gathered around the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square during his Angelus address on Sunday that he was thinking of “beloved Syria”. He deeply expressed his gratitude to the international community over the approval of the agreement endorsing an international road map for a peace process in Syria. The Pontiff… Continue reading The Holy Father commends UN's resolution on Peace for the Middle-East

The Time has come for we all to Unite against Terrorism – World Catholic leaders

The Catholic world leaders in a meeting condemned the terrorist attack on Paris which have claimed over 129 lives and left many injured. In the Meeting, the leaders made reference not only the Paris Attacks but the bombing blast attacks on Beirut  too which left at least 46 people dead and more than 200 people injured.… Continue reading The Time has come for we all to Unite against Terrorism – World Catholic leaders

Melkite archbishop urges British not to support militants in Syria

Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo was speaking at the launch an Aid to the Church in Need report A Syrian archbishop warned British politicians of the folly of supporting Islamic militants in the war in his country. Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo said that for the past 60 years,… Continue reading Melkite archbishop urges British not to support militants in Syria

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