Tag: Syria

World faces difficult task in seeking lasting peace in Syrian conflict

World faces difficult task in seeking lasting peace in Syrian conflict

| Dennis Sadowski | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Turkey’s long-threatened incursion into northeast Syria after the sudden pullout of U.S. military forces from the country in early October raises serious moral questions on the responsibility to protect civilians caught in the middle of a new conflict.

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Humanitarian groups scramble to help people fleeing northeast Syria

Humanitarian groups scramble to help people fleeing northeast Syria

| Dale Gavlak | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Humanitarian concerns are growing as people caught in the crosshairs of the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria try to flee for safety, and groups are scrambling to aid them.

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Caritas works to help Syrians displaced by Turkish bombings

Caritas works to help Syrians displaced by Turkish bombings

| Dale Gavlak | October 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Church bells have been ringing in Qamishli and elsewhere in northeastern Syria, signaling the alarm to Christians and others of the ongoing Turkish military operation that is having a devastating humanitarian impact on civilians.

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Syriac Catholic patriarch pleads for peace in northeastern Syria

Syriac Catholic patriarch pleads for peace in northeastern Syria

| October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church pleaded for “immediate and lasting peace in northeastern Syria and the preservation of innocent lives, especially for Christians, who are the original and founding component of Syria.”

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Advocates to Trump: Don’t desert Christians, Yazidis, Kurds in Syria

Advocates to Trump: Don’t desert Christians, Yazidis, Kurds in Syria

| Dale Gavlak | October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Christians concerned with religious freedom violations resulting from the Turkish military offensive on northeastern Syria are urging U.S. President Donald Trump to “reconsider and reverse” his Oct. 6 decision to move American troops out of the way of a Turkish incursion.

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Turkish planes bomb Syria, causing panic among Christians, others

Turkish planes bomb Syria, causing panic among Christians, others

| Dale Gavlak | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Turkish warplanes have begun attacking northeastern Syria, causing widespread panic among Christian and other religious communities caught up in the aerial bombardments.

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Militias’ ongoing harassment of Christians in Iraq, Syria focus of hearing

Militias’ ongoing harassment of Christians in Iraq, Syria focus of hearing

| Kurt Jensen | October 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

The genocide conducted by the Islamic State against Christian communities in Iraq and Syria has turned into continued harassment by Iran-backed militias and shows no signs of abating soon.

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Syriac Christians living near border fear Turkey military incursion

Syriac Christians living near border fear Turkey military incursion

| Dale Gavlak | July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Syriac Christians in northeastern Syria are calling on the United States to help defend them against a buildup of Turkish troops along the border, fearing they will be overrun and suffer the same fate as Afrin, where jihadist forces pushed out inhabitants last year.

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Maronite bishops urge repatriation of Syrian refugees from Lebanon

Maronite bishops urge repatriation of Syrian refugees from Lebanon

| Doreen Abi Raad | June 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Maronite Catholic bishops from around the world, meeting in Lebanon, called for unity among politicians and the international community to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees.

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Walking with ‘a Good Friday people’

Walking with ‘a Good Friday people’

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

“We are a Good Friday people!” That was the way Archbishop Samir Nassar described the faith of Christians living in Damascus, Syria, when he visited the archdiocese last November for the first time, as part of our deepening partnership relationship.

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Survey: Number of Catholics concerned about Christian persecution rises

Survey: Number of Catholics concerned about Christian persecution rises

| March 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

More than half of U.S. Catholics say they are very concerned about the persecution of Christians around the world, with this 58 percent figure up by 17 percent from a similar poll a year ago.

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Christians working with Syrians: U.S. withdrawal puts minorities at risk

Christians working with Syrians: U.S. withdrawal puts minorities at risk

| Dale Gavlak | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Several Mideast-based Christians working on the Syria crisis have joined a growing chorus about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull some 2,000 American troops from Syria. They say it puts Christians at risk and could force them to flee again, and they want the decision reversed.

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