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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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10 Sep 2013 – ISTANBUL (CNS) — Tanil Kahiaian, a refugee from the Syrian city of Aleppo, said he is doing what he can for the others fleeing his country. He, his wife and two children escaped the Syrian war almost a year ago, and since he has watched “tens of thousands” pour into neighboring Turkey as he did.  Read more...
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10 Sep 2013 – NEW YORK (CNS) — Military strikes on Syria are unjustified and will create a far larger humanitarian disaster for people already suffering from hunger, displacement and critical lack of medical care, said the Vatican nuncio to the United Nations.  Read more...
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Pope Calls Selfishness the Cause of War (Catholic News Service)
09 Sep 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Leading a crowd in prayer for peace in Syria, Pope Francis said that war is ultimately caused by selfishness, which can be overcome only though expressions of fraternity and never with violence.  Read more...
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06 Sep 2013 – WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — The president of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land said his Christian counterparts in the region worry that U.S. strikes in Syria would further inflame a situation where many nations ply for influence.   Read more...
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26 Aug 2013 – VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called again for an end to the fighting in Syria, denouncing the “multiplication of massacres and atrocious acts,” including the suspected chemical weapons attack that left hundreds dead.  Read more...


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