Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Turkey is ‘weaponizing water’ in northeast Syria Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
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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 Comments 0

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

Who cares? World shrugs its shoulders at Syria’s airstrikes Comments 0

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Syria continues to suffer deadly government-initiated airstrikes in its rebel-held north-west, while ordinary citizens bear the brunt of the carnage. Syrian opposition activists and a war monitor say five people died and 21 were wounded on Sunday as the government continued its air campaign against the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war Read more

Pope tells it straight to Syria’s president Comments 0

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

In a hand-delivered letter, Pope Francis told Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad he is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in northern Syria’s Idlib region which has been the target of Russian-backed airstrikes since April. He also asked for the safe return of the millions of people displaced by years of fighting, information for the families Read more

Planned Lebanon demolitions put 15,000 Syrian children at risk of homelessness Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

At least 15,000 Syrian children will be at risk of homelessness if the Lebanese government goes ahead with the planned demolition of “semi-permanent structures” built by refugees in eastern Lebanon, aid agencies warned on Tuesday. Save the Children, World Vision and Terre des Hommes Foundation said in a joint statement the government made a decision Read more