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09 Oct 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, like Islam’s Sufi mystic theologians and poets, “is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion,” said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland.   Read more...
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03 Oct 2013 – KILIS, Turkey (CNS) — Fifteen-year-old Abdullah Haji Mustafa wants to fight. He has been living in a refugee camp in Turkey for a year, since his family fled Tall Rifat, an embattled Syrian town just north of Aleppo.  Read more...
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03 Oct 2013 – YEREVAN, Armenia (CNS) — Thousands of previously middle-class Syrians now stranded in Armenia are rapidly running out of resources and could soon have no shelter, food or medicine, said an international aid group official.  Read more...
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03 Oct 2013 – KILIS, Turkey (CNS) — Ali Ahmad was walking with his young son one evening after dark. It was after they had fled Aleppo, Syria, and begun their lives as refugees in southern Turkey. It was a clear, starry night.  Read more...
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11 Sep 2013 – ISTANBUL (CNS) — In the small front room of an apartment in a middle-class district of Istanbul, five young men, some with university degrees or halfway there, talked about why they fled their homes in Syria.  Read more...
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11 Sep 2013 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — While standing in solidarity with the church and people of Syria, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee echoed the plea of Pope Francis that the international community immediately take steps to bring peace to the war-torn country.  Read more...
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Pope Urges Solidarity With Refugees (Catholic News Service)
11 Sep 2013 – ROME (CNS) — Speaking at an assistance center for foreign refugees in Italy, Pope Francis called on wealthy societies and the Catholic Church to do more to help and defend the rights of the needy.  Read more...
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11 Sep 2013 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two recent graduates of Bethlehem University, along with a school official, detailed the challenges involved in getting an education — and in daily life — in Israeli-occupied Palestine.  Read more...


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