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Christmas returns to Syria

In Syria there is no place for the usual consumerist frenzy, so the lights of the Christmas tree and the Christmas crib have once more become a sign of salvation. Aid to the Church in Need charity, which works with people in Syria, stated that many families there are in makeshift shelters, just like the Holy Family in Bethlehem.

2018.12.27.

Syrian religious leaders visit Ireland to appeal for help to end war

Two Syrian surgeons will explain how Irish and EU sanctions have caused Syria’s hospitals to degenerate to a pitiable state where scores of women and children die every day due to the lack of commonplace medicines.

2016.11.22.

ISIS persecution of Christians is genocide

Irish government urged to formally recognise genocide as criteria under the UN Convention have been met in Syria and Iraq: Aid to the Church in Need.

2016.04.08.

Targeting of Christians is the cause of mass exodus

“The underlying religious dimension of the attacks was shown by the targeting of Christian settlements and desecration of churches": ACN.

2016.03.10.

Focolare in Syria: our only need is to live in peace

Christians pray that God stirs the "consciences of the leaders of powerful nations to work for the peace Syrians long for".

2016.02.21.

Franciscan priest abducted in Syria freed

“The Custody [of the Holy Land] does not forget that other religious are still missing in Syria and invites everyone to continue praying for peace.”

2016.01.06.

Kidnapped Syrian Catholic priest is freed

Fr Jacques Mourad released after five months as Pope says he is following with great concern what is happening in Syria, Iraq, Jerusalem and West Bank.

2015.10.12.

Concerns grow for 250 kidnapped Syrian Christians

Christians in Quaryatay have been living in fear of IS since May this year, when Fr Jacques Mourad, the Syrian-Catholic priest responsible for Mar Elian convent, was kidnapped.

2015.08.17.

Patriarch Gregorios III criticises West’s help to ISIS

"If the West helps moderates in Syria in a direct way, it is helping ISIS in an indirect way.

2015.08.02.

Fears for Franciscan priest taken in Syria

Franciscan Order lost contact with Fr Dhiya Aziz, parish priest at Yacoubieh, during the afternoon of 4 July and they believe he was taken by militants.

2015.07.09.

Jesuit kidnapped in Syria as ISIS captures Palmyra

“We priests are fully aware of the risks we run, but we cannot do otherwise than remain alongside the Syrian people, both Christians and Muslims.”

2015.05.24.

Lord Alton pleas for persecuted Christians

Warning that West's "indifference" to plight of Christians is compounding the crisis.

2014.04.15.

Jesuit missionary shot dead in Homs

Fr Frans van der Lugt stayed with Christians unable to flee conflict.

2014.04.08.

Christians in Syria systematically targeted: Lord Alton

British government questioned as to what it is doing to stop the flow of weapons into Syria.

2014.03.01.
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