Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Syria is a “workshop for cruelty” Caritas told Comments 0

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Syria is a “workshop for cruelty” says Pope Francis. Speaking to Caritas Internationalis, Francis said “I believe the greatest illness of today is cardiac sclerosis,”. He was implying a kind of hardening of the heart that renders a person unable to feel compassion or be moved by another’s suffering. He said Syria is an example Read more

Reality of the war in Syria — apocalypse Comments 0

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

There’s only one word to describe the images coming out of Syria as the conflict advances: apocalyptic. Aleppo, once Syria’s largest city and once known as its jewel, sits in rubble, but more tragically so do its people. “The cradle of civilizations and the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the Middle East has become Read more

Syrian priest who escaped ISIS says “Boycott Saudi Arabia” Comments 0

Friday, October 21st, 2016

A Syrian priest who was kidnapped by ISIS and escaped five months later says we should boycott Saudi Arabia. The priest, Father Jacques Mourad, had been the prior of a pilgrimage centre. It was destroyed when ISIS captured the nearby city of Al Quaryatayn last August. The city was liberated in April this year. In Read more

A million Syrian children’s call for peace brought to UN and EU Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

A million Syrian children have signed a petition to the United Nations and the European Union. Three Syrian Church leaders are visiting EU and UN officials in Brussels and Geneva on the children’s behalf this week. Acting as “Ambassadors of the Children,” they will deliver the petition. In it, the children ask for peace in Read more

Biased coverage of Syria’s six-year conflict criticised by religious sister Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Biased coverage of Syria’s six-year conflict has been criticised by a religious sister working with Christian families in Aleppo. Sister Annie Demerjian, a member of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary, questioned why Western journalists focused on the plight of people in areas held by rebels and jihadis but seldom those in regions controlled by Read more

Iraq & Syria: genocide of Christian communities Comments 0

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

A young boy, 10 years old or so, faces the camera. Like many young boys, he is happy to be interviewed. This is war-torn Iraq, however, so he tells of the day ISIS came to his village. He starts to recount, horror after horror, what took place. It is hard to accept that one so Read more

Six-year-olds letter to Obama about refugee child Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Six-year-old Alex’s letter to Barack Obama asking him to send Syrian refugee child Omran Daqneesh to come and live with his family has gone viral. On his Facebook page Mr Obama said the boy, only know as Alex from New York, was “moved by the heartbreaking images of Omran Daqneesh.” Omran is the five-year-old in Read more

Peace for Aleppo Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Peace for Aleppo will come from God. The Catholic Bishop of Aleppo says the Christian faith is still practised in Aleppo. This is despite endless bombardment and a US strike which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers. Bishop George Khazen said a Mass of thanksgiving for Mother Teresa’s canonization on Sunday. “The church was full, the Read more

Babies are suffocating to death in incubators Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Babies suffocating to death in their incubators is a result of bombs targeting the  Syrian hospitals where they are being treated. Last month, four newborns in incubators fought for their lives in a small hospital in Aleppo, the besieged Syrian city. Then a bomb hit the hospital and cut off power—and oxygen to the incubators. Read more

Carmelite nuns refuse to leave Aleppo – stay to relieve suffering Comments 2

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Carmelite nuns are refusing to abandon the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, preferring to stay and relieve suffering. This is despite intense bombing from both Syrian and Russian forces and severe food shortages. Only 40,000 Christians are left in Aleppo, according to reports. “The bombs are falling all around us, but we are not going to Read more