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BREAKING IN SYRIA: ISIS Surrounds City of Hassake (One-to-One blog, 25 February 2015) There is no word about the fate of the scores of Syrian Christians — including women and children — taken into custody by ISIS the last few days. “The situation is not yet clear,” said CNEWA’s Michel Constantin in an interview with the Catholic newswire, Aleteia. “There were around 150 persons who were kidnapped. Among them, 14 or 15 are children and women. Others are elderly, and others are young persons. This is not very precise because the conflict is still going on...

BREAKING IN SYRIA: ISIS Attacks Christian Communities in Syria (One-to-One blog, 24 February 2015) More than 90 Syrian Christians, including women and children, have been captured by ISIS militants near the northeastern Syrian city of Hassake. A number of accounts from Syria report heavy fighting that began over the weekend as ISIS attacked Christian villages along the Khabur River. The river flows into Hassake, a city of 188,000 people, many of whom are Assyro-Chaldean and Armenian Christians...

On Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: “Everything Has Changed for the Worse” (One-to-One blog, 26 January 2015) Jordan and Lebanon have become a temporary refuge for millions of Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking shelter after being forced to flee their homelands. But despite the time that has passed, things are not improving, says Carl Hétu, Canada National Director of Catholic Near East Welfare Association...

Breaking in Syria: ISIS Surrounds Syrian City of Hassake (One-to-One blog, 25 February 2015) There is no word about the fate of the scores of Syrian Christians — including women and children — taken into custody by ISIS the last few days...

Breaking in Syria ISIS Attacks Christian Communities in Syria (One-to-One blog, 24 February 2015) More than 90 Syrian Christians, including women and children, have been captured by ISIS militants near the northeastern Syrian city of Hassake....

Picture of the Day: CNEWA Rushes Aid to Syrian Children (One-to-One blog, 2 December 2014) Yesterday, we learned the United Nations World Food Program has suspended its voucher program that feeds more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt because of funding shortfalls...

CNEWA Rushes Emergency Funds to Iraqi, Syrian Refugees (One-to-One blog, 17 November 2014) CNEWA’s president, Msgr. John E. Kozar, has rushed an additional $382,011 in emergency funds to alleviate the suffering of desperate Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan and Lebanon. In addition, funding partners in Germany have awarded CNEWA an initial grant of $124,522 to assist its work with displaced families in Iraqi Kurdistan...

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.

UPDATE: Christian City in Syria Under Siege (One-to-One blog, 18 September 2014) Three weeks ago, we reported that an important Christian stronghold in Syria — the city of Mhardeh and nearby Hama — was under attack by ISIS and the Al Qaeda-backed rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra. Recent reports indicate that the region is still under siege...

Cardinal Sandri Addresses Crisis in Middle East, Thanks CNEWA (One-to-One blog, 12 September 2014) Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, addressed the Permanent Council of the United States Episcopal Conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday 9 September. He described the many challenges facing the Church — and expressed his appreciation for all the pastoral and charitable work being undertaken in the region...

Syria, Shepherds and Sheep (ONE magazine, Spring 2014) Under a tranquil, cool blue sky, families trudge across Syria’s border with Lebanon, frightened and frantic, desperate to escape the fighting that has riven their country for three years...

CNEWA’s response to the Syrian crisis (13 January 2014) After more than 33 months of unrest, the conflict between the regime and the opposition in Syria has escalated to a full-scale civil war...

Letter From Syria: Saving the Children of War (ONE magazine, Summer 2013) In April 2011, the bloody events unfolding in Syria reached the city of Homs...

Report on Syria’s Displaced Christians (CNEWA Report, 22 August 2013) The majority of Syrian Christians who flee their homes and villages prefer to find shelter in safer areas inside Syria...

Situation Report: Aleppo (CNEWA Report, 1 November 2012) Aleppo’s large Christian population swelled with the influx of Armenian, Assyrian and Syriac Christians during the early 20th century and after the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in Ottoman Turkey...

Update: Syrian Refugees (CNEWA Report, 22 October 2012) As civil war engulfs Syria, leaving a tragic stalemate, the fate of Christians in the country hangs in the balance...

Update: Relief efforts (CNEWA Report, 1 August 2012) In March 2012, CNEWA launched an appeal to help the Syrian church provide emergency relief to families forced from their homes and properties in the city of Homs and the nearby town of al Qusayr...

Syria: Cradle of the Christian Faith (from ONE magazine’s special edition on the Middle East, September 2010) Syria is a cradle of Christianity. The faith’s presence there predates Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus...

To support CNEWA’s work in Syria during this time of turmoil and war, and to bring relief to those who are suffering, visit our Syria giving page.



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