from ONE

On the Road to Damascus
story and photographs by Spencer Osberg
(From ONE magazine November 2008)
Syria’s Iraqis strive to rebuild their lives

Echoes of Jesus From Syria’s Mountains
by Mitchell Prothero
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
A village celebrates its ancient Christian heritage

Deep Roots in a Fertile Land
text by Marlin Dick
photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From ONE magazine May – June 2004)
Christians cultivate their faith in Syria’s historic breadbasket

On the Road to Unity
text and pictures by Armineh Johannes
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2003)
Sharing a church in Syria is both practical and inclusive

On the Road to Damascus
text by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
photographs by L’Osservatore Romano
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2001)
“In the footsteps of St. Paul,” Msgr. Stern recalls the Pope’s pilgrimage journey to Syria.

An Ugly Duckling Called Zaidel
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1996)
A profile of a Syrian village that is a diamond in the rough.

In Aleppo, Houses Are Half a Quarter
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1996)
A new housing project provides hope for Christian families in Syria’s second largest city.

From Dust to Life
by Mitchell Prothero
(From ONE magazine March 2008)
An archbishop in Syria works to realize the potential of an arid plain

Syria’s Christian Valley
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine January 2011)
A historically Christian enclave adapts and thrives

Syria
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Cradle of the Christian faith

profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine March 2009)
The Syriac Catholic Church

Aleppo: A Syrian Mosaic
by Spencer Osberg
(From ONE magazine November 2009)
An ancient city is home to diverse faith communities

An Antiochene Legacy: Greek Orthodoxy in Syria
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1999)
In spite of emigration, Syria’s Greek Orthodox Church remains a vital Christian force.

Syria’s Syrian Orthodox Church: Small Yet Vibrant
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1998)
A profile of an early Christian community in Antioch that developed into one of the great spiritual and theological centers of the Church.

Syria’s Mar Mousa: An Ancient Monastery Restored
text by Marilyn Raschka
photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1998)
Constructed in the sixth century, the Mar Mousa Monastery undergoes much-needed restoration and reclaims its identity as a holy site of historical significance.

Letting Christians Down
by Marilyn Raschka
photos: CNEWA-PMP, Beirut
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1997)
Home to some of the first Christians, the ancient city of Damascus maintains its Christian past.

Brotherhood of Believers
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1994)
A visit to a mosque in Damascus reminds the author that we are all children of God.

Moses, Jesus, Muhammad
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1994)

The Dead Cities of Northern Syria
text and photos by Anthony B. Toth
(From Catholic Near East January 1991)
Ancient ruins in northern Syria hold keys to life in the Byzantine era.

Half Loaves, Scraps and Possibilities
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East October 1991)
The troubled land of Lebanon and its newly formed government confront pressing political issues one year after the end of civil strife.

Maaloula: An Oasis of Faith
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos by Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
(From Catholic Near East October 1989)
An ancient village in the Qalamoun Mountains works to maintain its Christian identity and preserve its community.

Preserving Syrian Icons from the Toll of Time and Loving Touches
text and photos by Anthony B. Toth
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
Time and the caresses of the faithful have taken their toll on these unique works of art.

A Place of Beauty
by Habeeb Salloum
photos by Anthony B. Toth
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1988)
The Ummayad Mosque in Damascus is Islamic architecture at its finest.

The Splendor of Syrian Handicrafts
text and photos by Habeeb Salloum
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1986)
Ancient techniques and a dedication to their heritage fuels artists of Syrian handicrafts.

Antioch: Crossroads of Faith
by Sister Jean David Finley, O.P.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1985)
The city of Antioch, a significant seat of Christian history, is also a fundamental part of the history of many faiths.

The Eloquent Witness of John Chrysostom
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1985)
An ascetic monk from the fourth century is still a model for Christian life today.

Issues
by Elias D. Mallon, S.A., Ph.D.
(From ONE March 2012)
Religious minorities in the Middle East

from News

Pope Calls for Reform in Syria
Catholic News Service (10 June 2011)
The civilian unrest ripping through Syria and other Arab countries is a sign that people want a better future, Pope Benedict XVI told Syria’s new ambassador to the Vatican.

Church Leaders Worry About Syria’s Christians
Catholic News Service (11 October 2011)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pressure being put on the Syrian government could have very bad consequences, especially for Christians, warned the patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church.

Vatican Urges ‘Real Reforms’ in Syria
Catholic News Service (6 December 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican official deplored the growing violence in Syria, and called on political leaders there to enact “real reforms.”

Arab Spring Opens New Era
Catholic News Service (9 December 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — What turned out to be a yearlong Arab Spring of grass-roots uprisings in 2011 left several countries with new leadership and a death toll in the tens of thousands, most from a full-scale civil war in Libya.

Nuncio to Syria on the Violence in Homs
Catholic News Service (10 February 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Some priests have decided to stay in battle-scarred Homs, Syria, even as government forces intensified their strikes against the heart of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, said the Vatican’s nuncio to Syria.

Pope Calls for Dialogue in Syria
Catholic News Service (14 February 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As a sectarian conflict in Syria intensified, Pope Benedict XVI called on all Syrians to begin a process of dialogue and reminded the government of its duty to recognize its citizens’ legitimate demands.

Vatican Diplomat Attends Syria Summit
Catholic News Service (27 February 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican diplomat attended an international summit seeking an end to Syria’s yearlong civil war.

Armed Men Storm Monastery in Syria
Catholic News Service (5 March 2012)
ANTAKYA, Turkey (CNS) — Masked gunmen stormed the Syrian desert monastery of Deir Mar Musa, about 50 miles southwest of Homs, destroying property and briefly holding its inhabitants captive.

Caritas Shelters Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (7 March 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Church aid workers scrambled to find housing for hundreds of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring Lebanon because of ongoing violence between Syrian forces and armed rebels.

Syrian Christians Fear Persecution
Catholic News Service (9 March 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christians in Syria live in fear of a repeat of persecution like was seen in Iraq, said officials of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine.

U.S. Bishops on Middle East Violence
Catholic News Service (15 March 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Citing continuing conflict in the Middle East, the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee reiterated its support for the region’s bishops and all people of faith, urging them to stand against violence even in the face of hostility and aggression.

Pope Earmarks Holy Thursday for Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (28 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has decided the collection taken up at his Holy Thursday evening Mass will be used to offer humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

Pope Aids Victims in Syria
Catholic News Service (3 April 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has donated $100,000 to help the people of Syria.

Former Syriac Catholic Patriarch Dies
Catholic News Service (11 April 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mourning the death of Syrian-born Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, who died April 7 in a Rome hospital, Pope Benedict XVI also prayed for the people of the Middle East “living through difficult times.”

Syriac Patriarch Remembered as Luminary who Built Bridges
Catholic News Service (17 April 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, the former patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church, was remembered as great spiritual father and luminary who built bridges of understanding and honest dialogue, both at the ecumenical and interfaith levels.

Save Syria, Urges Melkite Patriarch of Damascus
Catholic News Service (23 May 2012)
Syria’s 2.5 million Christians are being pushed into an exodus from the country out of fear of chaos and crime, said Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham of Damascus.

U.S. Bishops’ Response to Syrian Massacre
Catholic News Service (31 May 2012)
Official for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responds to the Syrian massacre.

Maronite Patriarch Calls for Dialogue in Syria
Catholic News Service (6 June 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Warning that Lebanon is going through a critical juncture, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai called for national dialogue to address the security and political situation in the country.

Syrian Catholic Leaders Call on World Community
Catholic News Service (18 July 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As violence continued to shake Syria, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus called on the international community to unite in efforts to restore peace.

Jesuit Expelled From Syria Calls for Regime Change
Catholic News Service (19 July 2012)
ROME (CNS) — Italian Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio was expelled from Syria in mid-June after he intensified his public calls for democratic change in the country.

Pope Renews Appeal for Peace in Syria
Catholic News Service (31 July 2012)
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI renewed his appeal for peace in Syria and humanitarian assistance for civilians threatened by the ongoing fighting or seeking refuge far from home.

Pope Renews Appeal for Peace in Syria
Catholic News Service (30 July 2012)
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI renewed his appeal for peace in Syria and humanitarian assistance for civilians threatened by the ongoing fighting or seeking refuge far from home.

Nun Condemns Violence in Syria Assad’s Regime
Catholic News Service (17 August 2012)
DUBLIN (CNS) — A Carmelite nun said the armed insurrection in Syria is “producing a totalitarianism that is worse” than that of Bashar Assad’s regime.

Video: Plight of Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (21 August 2012)
Laura Sheahen of Caritas Internationalis talks about her recent visit with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

Nuncio to Syria Worried for Future
Catholic News Service (22 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People in Syria are “stunned and deeply saddened and worried for the future,” said Archbishop Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio to Syria.

Syrian Refugees Flood Neighboring Countries
Catholic News Service (24 August 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — While media images of the Syrian civil war are mainly those of men with guns, workers from Catholic Relief Services have seen “predominantly women and children, fleeing,” said a communications officer who recently returned from the Middle East.

Melkite, Maronite Archbishops’ Residences in Syria Ransacked
Catholic News Service (28 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Fighting in Aleppo, Syria, has not spared the residences of the local Melkite and Maronite Catholic archbishops, according to the Vatican’s Fides news agency.

Pope Visits Lebanon
Catholic News Service (31 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI travels to Lebanon Sept. 14-16 — assuming spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria doesn’t force a last-minute cancellation of the trip — his purpose will be above all pastoral; and, as usual for papal trips, most of his remarks will focus on the spiritual.

Vatican on Syrian Victims
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The U.N. Human Rights Council must approach the crisis in Syria from “the perspective of the victims,” and rally the international community to press for the end of hostilities and the immediate offering of humanitarian aid to the suffering, a Vatican official said.

Pope Calls for Christian-Muslim Dialogue
Catholic News Service (20 September 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI said his three-day trip to Lebanon convinced him that now is the time for Christians and Muslims to bear witness together against violence and in favor of dialogue and peace.

Franciscans Report Attacks in Syria
Catholic News Service (11 October 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Franciscans ministering in a village along the Syrian border with Turkey said four people, including three Christian youths, were kidnapped and beaten before being released as the civil war surged in their community.

Video: Bishop Kicanas on Vatican Delegation to Syria
Catholic News Service (17 October 2012)
Bishop Gerald Kicanas, chairman of Catholic Relief Services, discusses the Vatican announcement of a papal delegation to war-torn Syria.

Pope Sends Cardinals to Syria
Catholic News Service (18 October 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A papal delegation of bishops, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, will travel to the capital of war-torn Syria in late October to show solidarity with victims and encourage peace negotiations.

Christians in Syria Struggle to Survive
Catholic News Service (22 October 2012)
LONDON (CNS) — The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo said Syria’s second-largest city, which he “loves so much,” has been left in ruins by months of fighting, and Christians there are struggling to survive.

Papal Trip to Syria Postponed
Catholic News Service (24 October 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The visit of a papal delegation to the capital of war-torn Syria, previously announced for late October, has been postponed indefinitely, and the delegation’s membership, which was to have included Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, will be changed.

Pope Sends $1 Million in Aid for Syria
Catholic News Service (8 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Instability and increasing violence in Syria have prompted Pope Benedict XVI to cancel the planned visit to the war-torn nation by a delegation of cardinals and bishops.

Syrian Refugee Crisis
Catholic News Service (13 November 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Representatives of 26 humanitarian agencies gathered in Beirut to discuss and coordinate efforts to address the increasing Syrian refugee crisis. Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, who visited with Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, presided over the Nov. 9 meeting.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Catholic News Service (21 November 2012)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Michel George Sarkisiyan is behind on the rent for the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his wife and 8-year-old daughter, Magdalena.

Catholic Aid to Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (27 November 2012)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Many Syrian families fleeing war in their homeland and stranded in Turkey are desperate to provide a sense of normalcy for their children despite the chaos and upheaval of war, said the head of an emergency mission of the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services.

Caritas in Lebanon Helps Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (29 November 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — When Syrian refugees arrive in Lebanon, help begins with a phone call to the U.N. refugee agency — if they can get through.

Bishops Described Christmas in Besieged Aleppo
Catholic News Service (28 December 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Because of ongoing fighting in the city, Catholic leaders in Aleppo, Syria, canceled their traditional Christmas visits to local government officials, but the local governor dropped in on a meeting of bishops and priests on 27 December to offer his best wishes, said Bishop Giuseppe Nazzaro.

U.S. Catholics’ Relief Efforts Help Syrians in Turkey
Catholic News Service (4 January 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — The relief efforts of U.S. Catholics are helping Syrian refugees in Turkey face their ordeal in a dignified manner that respects their priorities, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.

Though Saddened by War, Syrian Bishop Does Not Despair
Catholic News Service (22 March 2013)
ROME (CNS) — Ministering in a time of war in his hometown, the Chaldean bishop of Aleppo, Syria, said: “Deep down, I’m not frightened, I’m not scared; I’m sad.”

Syrian Refugees Make Best of Life in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (22 March 2013)
AJALTOUN, Lebanon (CNS) — The scent of cinnamon from freshly prepared bowls of custard filled a communal kitchen at the Syriac Center before the daily meal preparations began.

Easter: Mideast Church Leaders Pray for Peace in Syria
Catholic News Service (1 April 2013)
BEIRUT (CNS) — In Easter messages, Catholic patriarchs in the Middle East highlighted the need for an end to the war in Syria, now entering its third year.

Turkey to Build Camp for Christian Refugees
Catholic News Service (15 April 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Christians escaping the two-year civil war in Syria will soon have their own camp in which to live and receive humanitarian aid, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey told local media.

Drop Debate over Arming Syria, Says Patriarch
Catholic News Service (19 April 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Unless western nations immediately find ways to bring peace to Syria instead of debating whether to arm opposition forces, the country will continue to be in turmoil and a victim of the West’s indecision, said a Syrian patriarch.

Pope Prays for Orthodox Archbishops Kidnapped in Syria
Catholic News Service (24 April 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acknowledging “conflicting reports” about two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in Syria, Pope Francis prayed for them and for an end to the war in their country.

Cardinal Dolan Seeks Prayers for Kidnapped Orthodox Clergy
Catholic News Service (3 May 2013)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan challenged Massgoers to hold onto hope and to pray for the safety and well-being of two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in Syria in late April while carrying out a humanitarian mission.

Syriac Bishop Decries Extremism
Catholic News Service (21 May 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Growing extremism in Syria could jeopardize the safety of all Christians, said Syriac Catholic Bishop Gregory Melki of Jerusalem.

Bishops Seek Cease-Fire and Disarmament in Syria
Catholic News Service (20 June 2013)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two bishops have called for the United States to seek a negotiated cease-fire in Syria’s civil war rather than arming combatants.

Syrian Refugees Need Stronger International Support
Catholic News Service (21 June 2013)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland’s civil war deserve support from the international community in the form of food, water, shelter and education, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, of Tucson, Ariz., chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services.

Syrian Priest Killed in Rebel Attack on Franciscan Convent
Catholic News Service (25 June 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A 49-year-old Syrian priest and hermit was killed on 23 June, apparently when a group of rebels attacked the Franciscan Convent of St. Anthony in Ghassanieh, a village in the north near the Turkish border.

Italian Official Comments on Kidnapped Jesuit
Catholic News Service (7 August 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After more than a week with no word from Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian priest who worked for decades in Syria, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said, “it seems he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group” that is a “local version of Al Qaida,” the terrorist group.

Archbishop in Lebanon Leads Outreach to Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (11 October 2013)
LARNACA, Cyprus (CNS) — Melkite Archbishop Issam Darwich of Zahleh and Furzol, Lebanon, knows what it’s like to be a stranger in strange land.

Amid Sadness, Refugees Hear Christmas message of Hope
Catholic News Service (24 December 2013)
BEIRUT (CNS) — More than 800 Syrian and Iraqi refugees were bused to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon for a Christmas Mass in an atmosphere of “great sadness.”

In Istanbul, Syrians Pray for End to War
Catholic News Service (31 December 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — In a Catholic church in Istanbul in late December, Father Lorenzo Piretto led about a hundred people in prayer.

Jesuit Who Used YouTube to Appeal for Help for Homs Reportedly Killed
Catholic News Service (8 April 2014)
ROME (CNS) — A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits’ Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.

Flow of Syrian Christian Refugees to Jordan Increasing, Caritas Says
Catholic News Service (17 April 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The influx of Syrian Christian refugees into Jordan is on the rise, said the head of Caritas Jordan.

Syriac Patriarch Says Middle East Christians Feel Abandoned by West
Catholic News Service (19 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III said Christians in the Middle East feel “abandoned, even betrayed” by the West as a militant Islamic force occupied large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Syrian Christian Leader Warns of Impending Islamic State Assault
Catholic News Service (25 July 2014)
NICOSIA, Cyprus (CNS) — A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has warned of an impending assault on the northeastern province of Hassake amid reports that thousands of Islamist fighters are preparing to take control of the predominantly Christian and Kurdish area.

Family, Nuncio in Syria Plead for News About Kidnapped Jesuit
Catholic News Service (28 July 2014)
ROME (CNS) — On the eve of the first anniversary of the presumed kidnapping of an Italian Jesuit in Syria, his family posted a video on YouTube pleading for news about his whereabouts.

Catholic aid agencies seek funds to assist minorities in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (28 August 2014)
RYE, N.Y. (CNS) — Catholic organizations in the United States have launched public appeals to fund assistance to Christians and other religious minorities displaced in Iraq and Syria.

Syrian Bishop Urges Pope Francis to Raise Arms Supply Issue in Turkey
Catholic News Service (28 November 2014)
DUBLIN (CNS) — The president of Caritas in Syria has appealed to Pope Francis to use his 28-30 November trip to Turkey to raise the issue of the ongoing supply of arms being sent across the Turkish border to rebel factions in northern Syria.

Pope Concerned About Syriac Catholics Fleeing ‘Inhumanity’
Catholic News Service (12 December 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis expressed his concern for members of the Syriac Catholic Church who have had to flee from the “inhumanity” unfolding in the Middle East.

In Middle East, a Year of Upheaval Leaves Millions Suffering
Catholic News Service (18 December 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as “Al Qaeda on steroids.”

Syrian Refugee Children Find Normalcy at Good Shepherd Center
Catholic News Service (19 December 2014)
DEIR EL AHMAR, Lebanon (CNS) — It could be the scene of an ordinary school day anywhere. Just a few days before Christmas, the younger students were making decorations and singing carols downstairs, while the older ones were taking their final exams upstairs.

As Christians Flee Some Countries, Lebanese Numbers Swell
Catholic News Service (26 December 2014)
SED EL BOUSHRIEH, Lebanon (CNS) — Aramaic, Syriac and different Arabic dialects from Iraq and eastern Syria can be heard on the narrow hilly streets of Sed El Boushrieh. Strings of Christmas lights adorn neighborhood churches and hang from balconies of apartments, whose residents many never return to their own homes in Iraq and Syria.

In Christmas Messages, Patriarchs Lament Suffering, Offer Hope
Catholic News Service (26 December 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East lamented the suffering of their people in violence-wracked areas and offered words of hope while calling for prayers for their safety.

Christian Clergy Visit Jordanian Family of Captured Muslim Pilot
Catholic News Service (6 January 2015)
AY, Jordan (CNS) — Christian clergy led by the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem visited the family of the Muslim Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State and expressed support and continued prayers.

Up to 100 Christians Abducted in Syria
Catholic News Service (24 February 2015)
DOHUK, Iraq (CNS) — Dozens of Assyrian Christians were abducted by Islamic State forces during a new offensive against a string of villages in northeastern Syria, aid and civil rights organizations reported.

Catholic Aid Group Pledges $2.8 Million to Help Christians in Syria
Catholic News Service (24 February 2015)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians around the world, has pledged $2.8 million in emergency aid to help Christians in Syria.

Refugees Struggle in Bekaa Valley
Catholic News Service (25 February 2015)
BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (CNS) — Many Lebanese have spent as much time as possible indoors this winter, protecting themselves from this year’s unusually brutal cold season.

Melkite, Orthodox Patriarchs Urge World to Help Resolve Syrian Crisis
Catholic News Service (27 February 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Two Syrian-born patriarchs separately urged the international community to work together to address the crisis in Syria and the region.

Catholic Aid Group Helps Displaced Syrian Christians
Catholic News Service (2 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — A pontifical aid organization has begun sending aid to families who fled their homes when Islamic State militants raided a cluster of Assyrian Christian villages on the Khabur River in northeast Syria.

As Islamic State Steps Up Attacks, Christian Leaders Call for Help
Catholic News Service (10 March 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christian leaders again called for help for Assyrian Christians as Islamic State militants stepped up their attacks against their towns in northern Syria.

Syrian Refugee Crisis at ‘Tipping Point,’ Say U.S.C.C.B. Officials
Catholic News Service (10 March 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the Syrian refugee crisis has reached a “tipping point,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who recently traveled to the Middle East are urging the international community to offer more help.

Patriarch Rejects Calls for Outside Military Intervention in Syria
Catholic News Service (19 March 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of the Melkite Catholic Church rejected outright all calls for an international military intervention in Syria and urged Pope Francis and all Christian churches to “promote a concrete and realistic road map” to peace in the beleaguered nation.

After Escape, Assyrian Christians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (19 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Assyrian Christians from Syria’s besieged Khabur region who fled their homes when the Islamic State seized their villages in February are increasingly seeking refuge in neighboring Lebanon.

Syrian Refugees in Jordan Cling to Hope
Catholic News Service (31 March 2015)
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan (CNS) — Abu Bilal, a slender man in his 40’s, is surrounded by cages of bright yellow canaries merrily twittering.

Middle East Groups Seek Protected Zone for Minorities in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (8 April 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A call for an area to protect Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq is gathering pace even as April marks the centenary of the 1915 genocide of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians.

Salesian Center Offers Haven for Iraqi, Syrian Children in Istanbul
Catholic News Service (9 April 2015)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Basima Toma teaches English to about 40 children at the Don Bosco youth center.

Greek Orthodox Patriarch: World Remains Silent About Missing Bishops
Catholic News Service (20 April 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Commemorating the second anniversary of the kidnapping of two Syrian bishops, the Greek Orthodox patriarch lamented the indifference of the international community about their fate.

In Paintings, Syrian Artist Shows the Pain War Has Caused His Country
Catholic News Service (6 May 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The sad realities of Syria’s civil war permeate the paintings of Essa Neima, a 34-year-old Syrian national.

Jordan Faces Shortfall in Aid to Support 1.4 Million Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (6 May 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — International aid continues to fall short of what Jordan needs to host 1.4 million Syrian refugees, Jordanian officials reported, saying the number represents the equivalent of the United States hosting 60 million refugees.

Recapture of Christian Towns Contrasts With ISIS Gains in Syria
Catholic News Service (22 May 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Church bells are ringing once again in the Assyrian Christian villages dotting the Khabur River in northeastern Syria after Islamic State militants were routed by a combination of forces.

In Syria, Maronite Patriarch Denounces ‘Death of the World’s Conscience’
Catholic News Service (8 June 2015)
DAMASCUS, Syria (CNS) — Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch, visiting war-torn Syria, condemned “the death of the world’s conscience” in its response to the violence in the Middle East.

Christians Grow Weary Over Rising Threat of Kidnapping in Syria, Iraq
Catholic News Service (17 July 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Arab Christians are viewing with growing concern and revulsion an uptick in kidnappings of both their clergy and civilians as violence worsens in Syria and Iraq.

U.S. Church ‘Stands Ready’ to Help Syrian Refugees, Says U.S.C.C.B. President
Catholic News Service (11 September 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic Church “stands ready to help” in efforts to assist refugees fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on 10 September.

No One Can Pretend Not to Know Syrians, Iraqis Are Suffering, Pope Says
Catholic News Service (17 September 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Millions of Iraqis and Syrians are facing poverty and even death, neighboring countries are bearing more than their fair share of the burden of helping refugees, arms dealers are getting richer and the international community seems helpless, Pope Francis said.

Vatican Welcomes Its First Family of Refugees Following Pope’s Appeal
Catholic News Service (18 September 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Embracing Pope Francis’ request to sponsor a refugee family, the Vatican’s St. Anne parish has welcomed a family of four from Damascus, Syria.

Syrian Archbishops Support Russian Military Intervention
Catholic News Service (9 October 2015)
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Two Syrian archbishops expressed approval for Russian airstrikes against rebel groups in their country.

Syrian Priest Released
Catholic News Service (12 October 2015)
HOMS, Syria (CNS) — A Syrian priest kidnapped in May has been released, Agence France-Presse reported.

Melkite Archbishop Urges British Not to Support Militants in Syria
Catholic News Service (14 October 2015)
LONDON (CNS) — A Syrian archbishop warned British politicians of the folly of supporting Islamic militants in the war in his country.

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Syria’s Christians: “Are We Next”?
The Middle East’s Arab Spring has brought joy to some and grief to others.

Picture of the Day: A Syrian Mosaic
The Melkite Greek Catholic Warood School enrolls 350 students from preschool through sixth grade. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

More on the President and the Patriarch
Were Maronite Patriarch Bechara and U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled to meet or not? Our good friends at Catholic News Service have dug deeper, unearthing some additional details.

Picture of the Day: Armenians in Syria
An Armenian village in Kessab, Syria, taken in 1997. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: Pray for Syria
woman prays at a Syrian Orthodox church in Aleppo, Syria. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: Sustaining Life and Faith in Syria
Today's image captures a scene from one of the ongoing efforts to stem the Christian exodus from Syria.

Picture of the Day: Remnants of the Iraq War
An Iraqi mother holds her child near her home in Syria. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

Picture of the Day: Syria's Christians
n this unpublished photo, taken in 2003, two young boys play in front of a church in a Christian Village near Homs, Syria. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: Syria Before the Turmoil
Maaloula the last remaining village in Syria where Aramaic is still spoken. The majority of the population are Christian. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: Syria's Christians
In Syria, a group of men in the Christian village of Al Meshtayeh socialize over a board game. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: Syrian Monastery Ransacked
A monastery north of the Syrian capital of Damascus was ransacked by masked gunmen around 6 p.m. on 22 February.

The Crisis of Christians in Syria
ssam Bishara, our regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, puts the situation in Syria in context.

Picture of the Day: Syria's Valley of Christians
In this photo taken in 2010, a farmer rides through Wadi al Nasarah (Arabic for Valley of Christians), near Homs. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Holy Thursday Collection to aid Syrian Refugees
Pope Benedict XVI has decided the collection taken up at his Holy Thursday evening Mass will be used to offer humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

The Struggles of Syria's Christians
With the situation in Syria worsening by the day, Tom Gallagher of the National Catholic Reporter this week interviewed by e-mail CNEWA's Issam Bishara, regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt.

Picture of the Day: Support for Syrians on Holy Thursday
Syrian refugees who fled the violence in Syria sit in their temporary home in Mafraq, Jordan. (photo: CNS/Majed Jaber, Reuters)

"A Faithful Pastor" Is Mourned
Pope Benedict sent condolences to the people of the Middle East following the death of Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, who died on 7 April in a Rome hospital.

Emergency Aid for Syrian Refugees
After more than one year of unrest, the ongoing political crisis in Syria has caused tens of thousands to be caught in the crossfire between government and opposition forces.

Picture of the Day: Greetings from Lebanon
Msgr. John E. Kozar, CNEWA president, Archbishop George Bakhouny and Father Guido Gockel, visit with CNEWA staff in the New York headquarters. (photo: Erin Edwards)

Picture of the Day: Deacon Saint of Syria
Saturday 9 June marks the feast of St. Ephrem in the Latin church (it's celebrated on 28 January in the East) and 17 centuries after his death, he continues to be a compelling and fascinating figure.

Chaos and Courageous Questions
The National Catholic Register's Tim Drake spoke recently with Bashar Matti Warda, the Chaldean archbishop of Erbil in Northern Iraq

Expelling Peacemakers
The Syrian government has expelled Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian Jesuit and vocal advocate for peace and understanding.

Picture of the Day: The Syriac Orthodox Church
Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the Holy Land. (photo: John E. Kozar)

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Picture of the Day: A Refuge in Turkey
yrian refugees walk outside tents at a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Boynuegin on 24 March. (photo: CNS/Osman Orsal, Reuters)

Take Five: 5 Things to Know About Syria
Satellite dishes cover the rooftops of homes in Aleppo, Syria. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

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Update: Relief Efforts in Syria
Issam Bishara, CNEWA's regional director for Lebanon and Syria, details the effort to aid Syrian families in need.

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Picture of the Day: Syria's Women and Children in Crisis
Young Syrian refugees walk through a camp in Anbar province west of Baghdad, Iraq, 19 August. (photo: CNS/Ali al-Mashhadani, Reuters)

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Parsing the Plotlines
John Allen discusses the framing of the pope's upcoming trip to Lebanon.

Growing Numbers Flee Syria
The New York Times documents the tragic circumstances of Syrian refugees.

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Vatican's Roadmap for Syria: A "Bridge" Between Communities
A week before the pope delivered his apostolic exhortation, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue gave a terse speech on similar topics.

"After President Bashar, We Don't Know What Will Happen."
CNN reports on Christians' concerns about the prospect of a post-Assad Syria.

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Picture of the Day: Blessing a New Cathedral in India
This morning, we received an e-mail from our regional director in India, M.L. Thomas

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Picture of the Day: Seeking Refuge
Syrian children who fled the violence in Homs, Syria, sit outside a tent in the hillside town of Arsal, Lebanon. (photo: CNS/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)

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Take Five: 5 Ways CNEWA is Helping Syrian Refugees
A report this morning indicated there could be half a million refugees by next spring.

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Helping Syria's Smallest Victims
Vatican Radio today reported on the deepening crisis in Syria, with special attention devoted to the suffering children. Charities are calling for urgent funding - and that includes CNEWA.

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Picture of the Day: Sacred Syria
The church at Saint George’s Monastery houses rare Arab icons. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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Hope for Refugees
My colleague Antin and I travelled to the city of Toronto last month to attend the 2nd National Catholic Conference on Resettlement.

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Life in a Syrian Refugee Camp
"Without Aid, Conditions Would Be Much Worse"

On our first day, we headed up to northern Jordan where we met with Syrian refugees living in camps.

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CNEWA in Rome
Carl Hétu describes the recent reception CNEWA co-hosted in Italy.

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Who Will Help the Syrians?
Bradley H. Kerr shares an update on the status of the people of Syria and how CNEWA is working to provide assistance.

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Picture of the Day: Bishops Kidnapped in Syria
News from Syria and its Christian minority continues to deteriorate.

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Picture of the Day: Christian Roots in a Once-Fertile Land
In 2004, writer Marlin Dick and photographer Armineh Johannes spent a week in the Houran capturing the lives of these Christians who tilled the same soil as their Roman ancestors, inhabited Roman houses and worshiped in ancient Byzantine churches.

The Trappist Nuns of Syria: A "Sign of Hope"
An Italian news site this week takes a look at a group of Trappist nuns who have established a monastery in Syria -- and, despite the violence and war around them, are determined to stay.

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Picture of the Day: “War Is Like Fire”
The Azar family prepares dinner in an empty lot in Al Qaa, Lebanon, where they have sought refuge from the war in Syria. (photo: Tamara Hadi)

Picture of the Day: "Along with Bread, They Need Love"
The current issue of ONE features a look at refugees from Syria and Iraq, and ongoing efforts to help them.

Picture of the Day: Seeking Sanctuary
In this image from 2008, an Iraqi mother holds her child near her new home in Syria. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

In the Eternal City
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of his trip to Rome, which included ROACO's 86th plenary assembly.

Shedding Light on a "Shadow War" Targeting Christians
Today, the National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen turned a spotlight on a “shadow war” that analysts say is targeting Christians in Syria.

Picture of the Day: The Faces of Syria
In this image from 2010, a woman and her granson pose in the village of Aklaimi, Wadi al Nasarah, in the "Valley of the Christians," near Homs. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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Picture of the Day: Praying for Peace
Flooded with Syrian Christian refugees, Al Qaa's Greek Catholic church in Lebanon is often filled to capacity.

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Picture of the Day: Just a Memory
Just nine years ago, ONE magazine visited Ezraa, reporting on its Christian community centered on its ancient Byzantine churches.

Picture of the Day: From Syria to Italy
Migrants are seen on a rescue boat as they arrive with a group that includes Syrian refugees at the port of Pozzallo, Italy, on 17 September. (photo: CNS/Antonio Parrinello, Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: Syrian Sanctuary
A Free Syrian Army fighter walks inside a church in Aleppo, Syria, on 4 November. (photo: CNS/Molhem Barakat, Reuters)

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An Update on CNEWA’s Work in Syria
Msgr. John E. Kozar, CNEWA's president, introduces a report on matters on the ground in Syria.

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First Look: The Winter Issue of ONE
Our Winter issue of ONE magazine is now online!

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Picture of the Day: A Little Help
In this 2007 photo, a 3-year-old orphan helps a nun with the dishes at the Antiochene Orthodox Monastery of St. Thecla in Maaloula, Syria. (photo: Mitchell Prothero/Polaris)

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Picture of the Day: In the Shadow of War, a Smile
The Azar family, refugees from Syria, now live in the village of Al Qaa in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. (photo: Tamara Hadi)

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A Note From Syria:
"It Is Too Difficult for the Church Life"

Today, I was touched to receive the brief handwritten note pictured above.

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Picture of the Day: Syria's Smallest Refugees
In the spring edition of ONE, Msgr. John E. Kozar writes about his experience visiting a settlement for refugees in Beirut.

Picture of the Day: A Child’s View of War
Alaa, a 7-year-old from Homs, Syria, holds up a drawing depicting events in his hometown. (photo: Tamara Hadi)

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Good Shepherds, Good Sports
ONE contributor Diane Handal shares a message from Sister Micheline Lattouff of the Lebanese Sisters of the Good Shepherd, currently working with a large population of Syrian refugees.

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Picture of the Day: Syria’s Iraqi Children
Iraqi refugee children had found some stability in Syria before civil war erupted. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

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The “Powder Keg” of the Middle East
This week in Our Sunday Visitor, CNEWA’s Communications Director Michael J.L. La Civita offers some thoughts on the explosive crisis of the Middle East.

Contesting the Caliphate
Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the efforts of ISIS to bring about a new caliphate.

Picture of the Day: Family of Kidnapped Jesuit Visits Pope
On Friday, Pope Francis met the four sisters and three brothers of Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, missing since last year and presumed kidnapped in northern Syria. (photo courtesy Infosj)

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Picture of the Day: Taking Flight
A Lebanese army soldier carries a young refugee fleeing the violence in Syria in the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon, on 6 August. (photo: CNS/Hassan Abdallah)

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What is ISIS?
Aleteia has posted a comprehensive primer on the Islamic State, featuring important insight and context from - among others - CNEWA's Elias D. Mallon, S.A., Ph.D.

Muslims in the Arab Press Condemn ISIS
Muslims have been speaking out in the strongest terms, condemning the crimes against humanity committed by ISIS (or, as it is increasingly called, IS) and others in the name of Islam.

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Cardinal Wuerl on Syria and Iraq:
"Where Are the Voices"

Yesterday, Washington's Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass to mark the opening of the academic year.

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Picture of the Day: Meeting the President
Christian leaders gathered in Washington this week and several had a meeting at the White House with President Obama.

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Muslim Leaders Speak Out Against ISIS, Condemn Violence
In the past week two important documents have been published from Muslim organizations.

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Report: CNEWA’s Work in Syria
CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, Michel Constantin, has just filed a comprehensive report on Syria that highlights this agency’s activities on behalf of Syrian families displaced within Syria and those now living in Lebanon.

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Breaking in Syria
ISIS Attacks Christian Communities in Syria

More than 90 Syrian Christians, including women and children, have been captured by ISIS militants near the northeastern Syrian city of Hassake.

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Reach Out to Syria’s Christians
A young girl celebrates the Divine Liturgy in the village of Al Qaa in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, currently home to many Syrian refugees. (photo: Tamara Hadi)

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Picture of the Day: A Visitor From Kurdistan
Pope Francis meets Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, third from left, during a private audience at the Vatican on 2 March. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Breaking in Syria:
Aid From CNEWA Reaches Families

A displaced Syrian girl finds temporary shelter at a school in Damascus, Syria, on 23 February. (photo: CNS/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

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Year of Sisters:
Bringing Hope to Refugees in Lebanon

Sister Micheline Lattouff and her fellow Good Shepherds help Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

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Picture of the Day: Prayers for Syria
A statement issued by the Syriac National Council of Syria, the European Syriac Union, and the Christian Coalition for Syria said Islamic State militants seized villages on the south bank of the Khabur and several villages on the north bank.

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Picture of the Day: Preserving Palmyra
A picture taken on 14 March 2014 shows a sculpture found in the ancient Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, 130 miles northeast of Damascus, and now displayed at the city’s museum.

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Picture of the Day: Deep Roots in Southern Syria
The pastor of St. Elias Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Ezraa points out the Roman-era foundation of the sixth-century church. (photo: Mitchell Prothero)

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Picture of the Day: Lost World
The Temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra, Syria, a cultural landmark that has stood for nearly 2,000 years, was reportedly destroyed by ISIS. (photo: Wikipedia)

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Picture of the Day: Solidarity With Syria
Nina Moshy, left, and Rosemary Yachouh stand in front of the Ryerson Student Centre in Toronto to spread awareness about the plight of Syrian refugees. (photo: Jean Ko Din/Catholic Register)

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Picture of the Day: Liberation in Syria
Children flash victory signs as they play in Manbij, following its liberation from ISIS. (photo: Reuters/Rodi Said)

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Picture of the Day: Rescuing Omran in Aleppo
A 5-year-old Syrian boy named Omran Daqneesh sits alone in the back of the ambulance after he was rescued from the Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo on 17 August 2016. (photo: Mahmud Rslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Imad Abou Jaoude

Imad Abou Jaoude, a young civil engineer, joined CNEWA in our Beirut office in January 2000...

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A Franciscan Message on Syria
The Rev. Michael Perry, O.F.M., the minister general of the (Franciscan) Order of Friars Minor, has recently issued a statement concerning Aleppo...

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How Will U.S. Policy Affect
Middle East's Christians in 2017?

A wide variety of issues, both domestic and foreign, have been raised during the presidential transition.

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90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Msgr. Richard Lopez

One of CNEWA's dedicated supporters is a priest in Atlanta, Georgia, Msgr. Richard Lopez.

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Middle East Christian Refugees:
What Are the Facts?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about Christian refugees in the Middle East.

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Reminder: Relief United
Hosting Fundraiser for CNEWA

If you're in Westchester County, New York Friday, stop by and say hello.

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From the Mailbag
(From CNEWA Connections May 2012)