Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Patriarch to tell NZ of Syrian and Lebanese Christians’ reality

Thursday, October 19th, 2023
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The miserable reality of Syrian and Lebanese Christians’ lives will be presented to New Zealand and Australian audiences next month. His Beatitude Joseph Absi – the Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and all the East – has agreed to be a guest speaker at Aid to the Church in Need’s Night of the Witnesses event Read more

Deaths, injuries follow rocket attack at Syrian church inauguration

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

An attack on Sunday at a Greek Orthodox church in Syria resulted in two deaths and twelve injuries. It was the newly-built Hagia Sophia Church’s inaugural celebration. The weapons landed just 15 meters from where clerics and the congregation were gathered in front of the building. The attack has been variously attributed to rockets, missiles Read more

Children are ‘human shields’ in Syria – what is the world doing about it?

Monday, February 14th, 2022
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Islamic State recently staged their most sophisticated attack since 2019 – a prison break to release former IS fighters in an effort to refill their ranks once again. According to Save the Children, hundreds of boys and teenagers were allegedly used as human shields during the fighting. In late January, Islamic State militants attacked the Read more

Turkey is ‘weaponizing water’ in northeast Syria

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Turkey is ‘weaponizing water’ in parts of Syria, say humanitarian groups. They have repeatedly accused Turkey of ‘weaponizing water’ since its military takeover of the region in October 2019. Those especially affected are those living in the north of Syria. The past few years’ religious freedom for Kurds, Christians and Yazidis is reportedly again under Read more

A chalice shot by militants to be displayed in Spanish churches

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

As part of an effort to remember and pray for persecuted Christians, several churches in the Diocese of Málaga, Spain are displaying a chalice that was shot by the Islamic State. The chalice was rescued from a Syrian Catholic church in the town of Qaraqosh on the Nineveh plain in Iraq. It was brought to Read more

Reopening much loved war-damaged cathedral a silver lining

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Reopening a war-damaged cathedral in the Syrian city of Aleppo has provided a sliver lining for the community. The Maronite Cathedral of Saint Elijah has special significance for Maronite Catholics in the area. After lying in ruins for several years, Christmas Mass was celebrated in the cathedral in 2016 amid debris and ash. The war-damaged Read more

Catholic hospitals in Syria working to help indigent patients

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Three Catholic-run hospitals providing life-saving services free of charge to vulnerable Syrians hope to aid some 50,000 patients by the project’s end next year. “Institutions in Syria now are having a lot of difficulties … So, this project supporting these hospitals is helping them to go on,” said Flavia Chevallard, project coordinator for “Operation Open Read more

Vatican donates ventilators to hospitals in Syria

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

In the name of Pope Francis, the Congregation for Eastern Churches said it is sending ten ventilators to Syria and three to St Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The donations were among the first items announced by the congregation as it launched an emergency fund in response to the pandemic. Read more

Syrians desperate to outrun a brutal regime offensive

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

It’s freezing cold and the kids don’t have proper shoes, but the elderly Samar couldn’t risk it. Overnight, the bombings got too close. They fled their village in a panic, the older children carrying the little ones, walking for seven hours just to getaway. The youngest children are shaking, their cheeks are bright pink from Read more

Pope Francis prays for ‘beloved and tormented’ Syria

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

As Turkish-led forces began the fifth day of their move against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for dialogue, especially as families in the region are forced to flee from warfare. “My thoughts go once again to the Middle East. In particular, to the beloved and tormented Syria, from which dramatic news Read more