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Be a Good Samaritan to Christians in Syria and Iraq, bishop pleads

Indianapolis, Ind., Jun 16, 2017 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. bishops discussed immigration at their annual meeting this week, one Syriac Catholic bishop begged them not to forget Christian refugees in Syria and the Middle East. “I need your presence, to feel you are […]

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Islamic State destroys ancient Catholic monastery in Syria

Homs, Syria, Aug 21, 2015 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a Syrian town captured by the group earlier this month. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based […]

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Franciscans asks prayers for kidnapped priest in Syria

Latakia, Syria, Jul 7, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organizations of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land have requested prayers for the safe return of Father Dhiya Aziz, who was abducted by militants in Syria on Saturday. The Custody of the Holy Land have […]

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Amid war in Syria, Catholic patriarch says Easter offers path of hope

Damascus, Syria, Apr 7, 2015 / 12:48 pm (CNA).- Citing St. Paul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus, an Eastern Catholic patriarch’s Easter message repeated a call for peace and urged Christians to bear the Gospel of Life amid Syria’s ongoing civil war. “God grant that the […]

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

Homs, Syria, Apr 1, 2015 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of the Syrian regime’s taking full control of the ancient Christian city of Homs almost a year ago, a measure of normality has returned for local residents – including a […]

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

Aleppo, Syria, Mar 15, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud, was killed. Today, 23 […]

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March 15, 2015: A day of fasting, prayer for war-torn Syria

Damascus, Syria, Mar 12, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian civil war approaches, the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has called for a world day of prayer and fasting for peace in his country. “Lent […]

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An exodus with little hope – report finds crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing Syria

Washington D.C., Mar 10, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The countries neighboring Syria are swamped with millions of refugees from its civil war which creates special risks for young children, according to a new report by the U.S. bishops. More than half of the 3.8 million […]

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Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250

Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. “There are 200 […]

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Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

Rome, Italy, Feb 24, 2015 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response. “Let’s pray for those innocent people,” Patriarch […]

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