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In Depth: Syria


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Pope’s Message to Congregation of Eastern Churches (One-to-One blog, 12 October 2017) No matter how much suffering Christians face in the world, God never forgets those who trust in and serve him, Pope Francis told leaders of Eastern Catholic churches. The courage to “knock at the door” of God’s heart and “the courage of faith (are) needed when you pray — to have faith that the Lord is listening,” the pope told patriarchs, metropolitans, bishops, priests and lay members of the Eastern churches during his homily in Rome’s St. Mary Major...

CNEWA Connections: The Roots of ISIS (One-to-One blog, 7 September 2017) The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS; or dā’iš from its Arabic name) came forcefully to the attention of the world on 29 June 2014, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi introduced himself as the new caliph of Islam. This followed a series of military victories which gave ISIS control over several Iraqi cities; on 10 June 2014, it seized Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. It was not long before ISIS controlled much of northern Syria and large sections of Iraq...

CNEWA Connections: Why Mosul Matters (One-to-One blog, 20 July 2017) The Iraq city of Mosul has been in the news quite a bit lately and has been freed from the control of ISIS. It may, however, prove to be a Pyrrhic victory, since much of the city now lays in ruins...

CNEWA Interactive Report Tracks Migration (One-to-One blog, 10 July 2017) The migration of Christians in the Middle East over the last several years — owing to the war in Syria, the rise of ISIS, and ongoing political upheaval in the region — has had a profound impact on the region. The cultures and countries that are the very cradle of Christianity are seeing the faith disbursed and displaced. But hard and reliable statistics on this movement of peoples have been elusive — until now...

Letter from Syria: ‘Behold Your Mother’ (One-to-One blog, 8 May 2017) CNEWA’s president, Msgr. John E. Kozar, recently received another letter from Samir Nassar, the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Syria, along with the holy card shown above — a poignant image of Mary for the month of May. The image shows part of the icon of Our Lady of Vladimir, which we wrote about in our magazine in 1990...

Teens Raise Thousands for CNEWA’s Work with Syrian Refugees (One-to-One blog, 1 May 2017) It sounded like a nice idea that might raise a little money and get some attention. It got a lot more than that. Last Friday, a remarkable fundraiser by a group of New York teenagers known as Relief United drew a crowd of some 300 people to a park in Westchester, New York — and, at last count, raised more than $15,000 to support CNEWA’s work with the people of Syria...

A Lenten Letter from Syria: ‘The Children Are the Most Fragile’ (One-to-One blog, 13 March 2017) Late last week, CNEWA’s president Msgr. John E. Kozar received a note from Samir Nassar, the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, along with a letter he’d written describing the situation his church in Syria is facing this Lent

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...



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