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House repair plan offers fresh hopes to Christians

2019-02-21T04:42:39+00:00February 20th, 2019|

Homs reconstruction committee “critical” to regrowth of Christian community An action plan to enable thousands of Christians to return to their homes in the Syrian city of Homs was agreed in a house-repair scheme involving Church leaders and a leading Catholic charity. At the meeting in Homs, the leaders of [...]

A Homecoming Never to be Forgotten

2019-02-16T21:20:37+00:00February 16th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Christian families in Syria forced from their town by extremists celebrated their return yesterday (Thursday, 14th February) with a ceremony marking the reconstruction of their homes. by John Pontifex At the service, parishioners packed into St Mary’s Church, in Krak des Chevaliers (Al Husn) village, and received ‘Jesus is my [...]

Christmas Returns to the Homes and Churches of Syria

2018-12-15T08:26:52+00:00December 14th, 2018|

How the feast will be celebrated by local Christians and refugee families in Marmarita and Homs by Josué Villalón Syria is a country still living today with suffering and death. Even though the war that has been the scourge of the country since 2011 has almost ceased to be headline [...]

A “Bridge of Light” Between Rome and Aleppo

2018-12-12T12:25:02+00:00December 5th, 2018|

LAUNCH OF ACN’S CAMPAIGN: CANDLES FOR PEACE IN SYRIA “After almost 8 years of conflict in Syria, the consequences are indescribable, above all for the little children. Through our campaign we want to raise awareness of the critical conditions into which the country has been plunged and pray for peace [...]

Pope lights Candle for Peace in Syria

2018-12-05T08:49:22+00:00December 3rd, 2018|

“My beloved Syria is being tormented by a war already lasted for eight years” stated Pope Francis and appealed for peace, “at this time, I would like to make mine the hope of the children in Syria.” With these words, immediately following the noon Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square [...]

50,000 Candles for Peace in Syria

2018-12-03T08:47:38+00:00December 2nd, 2018|

The international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is launching a Christmas campaign of prayer, aid and solidarity for the people of Syria, entitled Candles for Peace in Syria. The campaign formally began on the first Sunday of Advent, 2nd December, with [...]

“Recovering our Homes Means Recovering our Lives”

2018-12-12T08:16:49+00:00November 7th, 2018|

How the Church is helping rebuild the first hundred homes of Christian families in the Syrian city of Homs, following their destruction during the war. by Josué Villalón The historical Old City of Homs is a quarter of narrow streets and buildings in dark stone, characteristic of the traditional architecture [...]

The Houdaib Family Return to their Home in Homs

2018-10-31T09:07:49+00:00October 30th, 2018|

“Thanks to the support of ACN International, we don’t feel alone.” The Houdaib family is an extended family, like so many other families in Syria. Evon is the mother and grandmother of the tribe. At the age of 80 she is still the head of the family, and especially now, [...]