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Syria: A vocation marked by the resurrection

2019-04-20T09:29:10+02:00April 15th, 2019|

I was born again after eight years! - the story of Fadi - a Syrian called to the service. Irmina Nockiewicz Almost 8 years after the outbreak of a devastating civil war, Fadi, a young Syrian man, relates to ACN how he heard the call to service. It was the [...]

SYRIA: The Bleeding Wound of Emigration

2019-04-13T07:24:19+02:00April 11th, 2019|

The number of Christians in Aleppo fell dramatically during the war, from 180,000 before the war to 32,000 today. Joseph Tobji, Maronite Archbishop of Aleppo and shepherd of a small community of about 400 families, spoke with Pierre Macqueron of the pontifical foundation  Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). [...]

MIRIAM, The voice of Aleppo

2019-04-02T13:55:34+02:00April 2nd, 2019|

In Aleppo, the number of Christians shrank fivefold during the war. Now the economic crisis and the lack of professional employment opportunities are a source of anguish, especially for the young. The performers are a choir of 60 or so children and young people, supported by five musicians. It is [...]

Eighth Anniversary of the Outbreak of Civil War in Syria

2019-03-16T10:34:20+02:00March 15th, 2019|

How ACN is helping Christian families in Syria – 308 emergency aid projects. By Raquel Martin Today is the eighth anniversary of the outbreak of civil war in Syria. Friday, 15 March marks the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Syria. The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid [...]

Christians in Syria divided on returning

2019-03-09T18:42:48+02:00March 9th, 2019|

A bad day for Selma. Today, the Syrian mother of three children had to watch her oldest son leave for Lebanon. “My son had to go because of the difficulties. It was hard to say goodbye,” she says, fighting back tears as she washes a few coffee cups. “I don’t [...]

House repair plan offers fresh hopes to Christians

2019-03-07T10:16:38+02:00February 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+02:00February 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+02:00December 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 [...]