Syria

Cardinal Nichols
On the refugee crisis, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said yesterday, “This a disgrace. That we are letting people die and seeing dead bodies on the beaches, when together Europe is such a wealthy place. We should be able to fashion a short-term response, not just a long-term response”. “It is no longer an abstract problem of people on the scrounge. It’s not. It’s people who are desperate for the sake of their families, their elderly, their youngsters, their children. What is screaming out is...
Fr Paolo Dell'Oglio SJ in Syria
The family of Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio, the Italian Jesuit priest kidnapped in Syria two years ago yesterday, has thanked Pope Francis for offering them consolation in their moment of trial.  At this past Sunday's Angelus, Pope Francis appealed for the release of Fr. Dall’Oglio and of two Orthodox bishops of Aleppo who were also kidnapped during the raging confict in Syria in 2013. Francesca Dall’Oglio, sister of Paolo Dall’Oglio, said their family found hope in the Pope’s words and...
One of the leaders of a pilgrimage to Jordan over Orthodox Easter has described the visit to Our Lady's Mount Refugee Centre as “harrowing”. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, a Jesuit based at Farm Street Church in London, says many of the pilgrims felt "powerless" when they met refugees being cared for at the Centre run by the Sons of Divine Providence and the experience opened their eyes to the suffering of people in the region who have been forced from their homes.“All are Christians expelled from...
While Christians who follow the Western calendar celebrated Easter earlier this month, a party of pilgrims from Britain celebrated it last weekend. Their pilgrimage to Jordan focused on meeting and worshipping with the Christian communities as they celebrated Holy Week and Easter together. In Jordan, Catholic and Protestant Christians observe Easter on the same date as the Orthodox churches, which this year was 12 April. “The pilgrimage provided us with opportunities to visit sites of...
Pilgrims from the UK will have the opportunity to show their solidarity with Christians of the Middle East by taking part in a pilgrimage to Jordan to coincide with the Orthodox Easter. Among those leading the pilgrims will be Fr Dominic Robinson SJ of the Farm Street Church community in London.The ecumenical pilgrimage in April will focus on meeting and worshipping with the Christian communities in Jordan as they celebrate Holy Week and Easter together.  In Jordan, Catholic and Protestant...
Destroyed tanks in Azaz Syria
When the uprising began in Syria, there was great hope and fear. Syrians of all colours knew reform was vital, but that it would come at a heavy cost. Some were hopeful and encouraged the reform movement, others, more fearful, resisted it. There was extremism and moderation in both camps.We Jesuits have always wanted to be present at that universal middle ground Syrians long for; but finding it is no easy task. Syrian Jesuits do not represent themselves, but the work of a particular group, '...
Churches Together in Westminster has secured the agreement and encouragement of Westminster City Council to resettle 50 Syrian refugees in central London. The announcement was made by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ at the end of a Carol Service at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair. It was held to support the suffering Church in Syria and Iraq and helped to raise more than £2,000 for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).The places for refugees in the capital will be provided with assistance from...
Zerene Haddad of JRS Syria and Fr Dominic Robinson at a food bank in Lebanon
“Why don’t you come out to Lebanon to see where the money is going?”.  So suggested Zerene Haddad, the dynamic young regional co-ordinator of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the Middle East.  Zerene was visiting London in July and called in at Farm Street, the Jesuit parish and centre in the heart of London, to see how our Aid for Syria appeal was going. The Farm Street Aid for Syria project began in April with three aims.  Firstly, to pray for peace and reconciliation...
An evening of song, poetry and prayer in Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and English helped to raise more than £1,700 for the Jesuit Refugee Service’s Aid for Syrian refugees. The Call to Prayer with neighbours from the Middle East took place at Farm Street Church in central London. It brought together poets, singers and musicians from a variety of traditions from the Eastern Rite and Western Churches, as well as friends from the Jewish and Muslim communities.Among the musicians who took...
The Italian Jesuit, Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio SJ, has been awarded the Nobel Missionary Prize by the Missionary Association, Cuore Amico Fraternità. The Association cited Fr Dall'Oglio's "great witness and strong commitment to interreligious dialogue" as the reason for deciding to make the award. Fr Dall'Oglio (left) served for 30 years at the Deir Mar Musa, a sixth-century monastery 50 miles north of Damascus. He has been credited with the reconstruction of the...

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