There is a counter-narrative tied to Syrian children that is far less visible but equally resonant: it’s that of hope. CRS social worker Robin Contino descibes a unique program that brings smiles to children in distress.
To mark 5 years since the start of the Syrian war, Kevin Hartigan, CRS’ regional director for Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, reflects on the evolution of the crisis and the role that the Catholic Church has played in responding to it.
More than half of Syrian refugees are children, most of whom have been out of school for more than two years. To fill that void, the Good Shepherd Sisters, in partnership with CRS, provide hundreds of Syrian children with a wide range of year-round educational support so that they can learn, play, and heal in a safe environment.
For the last few years Sr. Margaret has been translating letters from Syria for Archbishop Nassar. Each one of them, filled with Christian hope, faith, and emotion, reminds her of letters from another Bishop of Syria, Ignatius of Antioch.
The United Nations has declared the European refugee crisis the worst since World War II. CRS was there then, just like we are there now.
Lisa Hendey provides three simple ways that our families can unite in prayer and support with the families of Syria who are being displaced from their homes.
Having already donated more than $3 million in humanitarian aid to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus will expand its efforts even further with a national campaign to raise funds and foster awareness of the terrible suffering of Christians and others in the Middle East.
Catholic Relief services and our partner, the Good Shepherd Sisters, serve families through a harsh winter far from home.
Jay Cuasay writes on the significance of new beginnings, prayer and fasting during times like the ones we now face.