Saint Milad Saber and His Twenty Companions

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

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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.

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Documentary shows the exodus of Christians from Syria

In the past, Syria had one of the most storied Christian communities in the world. St. Paul was even baptized there. Today, Christians suffer from the Syrian civil war like everyone else, but they are also persecuted simply for their baptism.

Syria once had the third highest rate of Christianity in the Middle East; about 10 percent of its population identified as Christian. Now, the community lives in permanent exile.

The documentary “Syria’s Christians Exodus” tells the story of how this happened.

ELISABETTA VALGIUSTI – Director, “Syria’s Christians Exodus”

“They have suffered severe persecution just so they can maintain their identity and their faith. They continue to suffer so that they can remain in a country they have belonged to for hundreds of years. We are witnessing something truly terrible.”

The documentary features interviews with patriarchs and bishops of the Christian Churches in Syria. It also includes testimony from  everyday Christians who have been forced to leave—along with those who have stayed.

“They are Christians with a wonderful tradition and enormous faith. For me, it was an amazing experience to know them.”

The humanitarian crisis in Syria is considered one of the worst in decades. Millions of people have fled their homes and more than 210,000 have died. This documentary helps keep the catastrophe from being forgotten.

 

 

 

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Bombing in Damascus, the Franciscan monastery attacked in the area of Bab Touma

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. san pablo Continue reading

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Pope Appeals for ‘Negotiated Solution’ to Middle East Conflicts

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 imagesthe 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.

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Middle East Patriarchs Call on World Leaders to Act

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.

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Dispatch: Syria rebels ‘burned down churches and destroyed Christian graves’

When insurgents stormed Kessab, they posted pictures of themselves protecting ancient churches. But a visit to the Syrian town tells a different story.

Rain seeped into the tombs through shattered flagstones. Nearby, marble crosses lay in pieces. Plastic flowers, once lovingly placed on a grave, were torn and stamped into the earth.

Beside the desecrated graveyard in the Syrian town of Kessab stood the Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical church. Its library, pews and altar had all been burned by arsonists.

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Syrian University Students Targeted in Homs Attack

Rome, January 23, 2015 (Zenit.org) University students in Homs were the target of a terror attack that left 15 people dead and at least 50 injured, according to a priest based in the city when the blast took place.

The car bomb exploded in a busy street in the centre of Homs – the third largest city in Syria – on Wednesday around midday.

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