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In Depth: Syria


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SYRIA UPDATE: ‘The Situation is Catastrophic’ (One-to-One blog, 19 December 2016) The humanitarian situation is catastrophic; the weather is extremely cold. Over 15,000 people had gathered in a square in east Aleppo on Sunday for buses to take them to rebel-held areas outside the city...

Pope Writes to Syrian President, Pleading for Peace (News, 13 December 2016) Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to do everything possible to end the war in his country, to protect civilians and to ensure humanitarian agencies can deliver emergency aid to the people...

Is Christianity in the Middle East Facing Extinction? (One-to One blog, 13 December 2016) A recent gathering at Villanova University looked at the ongoing crisis in the Middle East — and found some compelling conclusions...

Christian Contributions in the Contemporary Middle East (Speech, 13 December 2016) The Christian presence in the Holy Land and across the Middle East has always been a diverse one as it covers a wide variety of Churches and is older than many neighboring nation states...

Addressing the ‘Crisis of Christians in the Middle East’ (One-to-One blog, 7 December 2016) CNEWA’s President Msgr. John E. Kozar was one of several prominent leaders of different faiths — including CNEWA’s chair, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan — who gathered in New York Monday night to discuss some of the threats facing Christians in the Middle East...

Meet the Refugees of Dbayeh (One-to-One blog, 28 November 2016) On a recent trip to Lebanon to visit my family, I got to encounter some of the people CNEWA helps: a small number of the estimated 1.5 million refugees living in Lebanon. I visited the Dbayeh Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Beirut; it is home to more than 4,000 refugees, most of whom are Palestinian Christians. It is also home to the Little Sisters of Nazareth, one of many local congregations with whom CNEWA partners to offer relief and assistance to those displaced within the Middle East...

Image of Innocence in a ‘Workshop of Cruelty’ (One-to-One blog, 17 November 2016) Where there is no tenderness, there is cruelty and what is unfolding in Syria is a veritable “workshop of cruelty,” Pope Francis told governing members of Caritas Internationalis. “I believe the greatest illness of today is cardiac sclerosis,” he said on 17 November, implying a kind of hardening of the heart that renders a person unable to feel compassion or be moved by another’s suffering...

SYRIA UPDATE: “Entire Neighborhoods Have Caught Fire” (One-to-One blog, 2 May 2016) Last week, CNEWA was able to talk over the phone with the Maronite priest, the Rev. Elias Adas, who is running a health facility in Aleppo, and he confirmed that at present only 35,000 Christians remain in Aleppo out of around 200,000-250,000 before 2011...

SYRIA UPDATE: The Crisis in Madaya (One-to-One blog, 8 Jan 2016) CNEWA’s regional director in Beirut, Michel Constantin, this morning sent us this report about the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Madaya, Syria: The village of Madaya is a part of the east Ghouta region, along with Zabadani and Serghaya...

CNEWA’s regional directors in Amman and Beirut have filed reports outlining CNEWA activities in the Middle East. Below, please find how your generosity has made a difference.



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