Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) – The refusal of the anti-Assad forces to humanitarian truce in Aleppo proposed by the UN envoy Staffan de Mistura is “a serious matter” and proves once again that the Syrian conflict “will not end until all the forces that are fueling it from the outside want to make it last”.
This is how Bishop Georges Abou Khazen OFM, Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo for the Catholics of the Latin rite, considers the refusal with which the groups – including those supported by the West – have rejected the idea of a cease-fire that would allow to bring aid to the population of the metropolis battered by years of conflict. Continue reading
Terrorists Murder Young Assyrians Fighting to Defend Christian Villages and Families
Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate – with reports that around 15 are dead. Continue reading
Their story is the same as the Acts of the Martyrs of the first centuries. Killed by the sword of Islam out of pure hatred for their Christian faith
by Sandro Magister
ROME, March 2, 2015 – They refused to worship false gods, they remained strong in the faith of their baptism, they were decapitated while calling upon the name of Jesus.
Damascus (Agenzia Fides) – Yesterday the central areas and suburbs of Damascus were hit by intense firing rockets and mortar shells, both from areas under rebel control and from the artillery of the government army. Continue reading
Prays for Persecuted Christians, Minorities in Syria and Iraq
Rome, January 30, 2015 (Zenit.org)
Pope Francis called for a “negotiated solution” to assist those suffering from persecution and violence in Syria and Iraq. The Holy Father made his appeal during an audience with the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Easter Orthodox Churches today at the Vatican.
During his address, the Holy Father thanked the members for promoting unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The Commission met this week to discuss the nature of the Sacraments, particularly Baptism.
Prelates Convene to Discuss Situation of Persecuted Christians
Rome, January 29, 2015 (Zenit.org)
The Patriarchs of the Middle East met to discuss the situations facing Christians in the region, particularly those who have been displaced due to conflict.