Syria

A wide-ranging discussion entitled 'The Crisis in Syria - What Next?' took place at the latest Faith Matters Question Time at Farm Street, Mayfair on 28 June.The panel consisted of journalist Melanie McDonagh who writes for the Evening Standard and the Tablet; Revd Nadim Nassar, the only Syrian priest in the Church of England, and director of the Awareness Foundation; John Pontifex, Head of Press at Aid to the Church in Need, who has visited Syria and Iraq many times, and Fr Martin Newell, CP,...
Syria has entered its seventh year of crisis. The scale, complexity and severity of the situation and individual needs is as overwhelming as ever.Jesuit Missions supports the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Middle East who have a centre in Damascus and Aleppo providing access to literacy workshops for women.Education is a basic need for all. Many women have grown up in a conservative environment and have been deprived of education in a society that sees men as the workers and women as housewives....
ACN staff and supporters from across the world will be taking part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris on Sunday
Participants in the Fitbit Semi de Paris (a half-marathon) are in their final days of training and preparation ahead of the race on Sunday – including a Jesuit priest and his lay colleague from Farm Street Church. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, National Ecclesiastical Assistant to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Sebastian Cichocki, the parish’s Maintenance Manager, will be joining Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s National Director, and John Pontifex, their Head of Press and Information, to help raise...
Prince Charles' ACN video. Source: YouTube
The Prince of Wales has made a passionate appeal for religious tolerance and compassion for those fleeing persecution, citing the experience of a Syrian Jesuit whom he met recently. Prince Charles was speaking on BBC Radio’s Thought for the Day, in an address pre-recorded for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).Last month, the Prince was presented with ACN's Religious Freedom in the World Report, and in his message, broadcast today, he highlighted the survey’s key finding that...
Bomb damage to the Maronite church in Aleppo. Credit: ACN
Fr Ziad Hilal SJ, the Jesuit priest from Syria who spoke at Farm Street Church in London last year, has just returned from the eastern part of Aleppo – his first visit there for five years. He was able to assess the situation, specifically in the Christian quarter of Al-Midan, and describe what he witnessed to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN): “All you see is total destruction,” he told the international charity.Fr Hilal, who oversees projects in Syria for ACN, gave a talk in...
Damage at the Jesuit house in Aleppo. Credit: Sami Hallaq/Facebook
Photos have emerged of the damage sustained by the Jesuit house in Aleppo at the weekend when three bombs hit their building. The community managed to avoid injury because they were on retreat; but the chapel and various offices were seriously damaged in the attack on Sunday.Meanwhile, Pope Francis yesterday sent a letter to the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, appealing for "an end to the violence and the peaceful resolution of hostilities" in the country. The appeal was...
JRS staff stand both with one another and with the displaced of Syria (Cedric Prakash SJ/JRS)
Jesuits and their lay co-workers from three centres in Syria have gathered to mark the 36th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service and to strengthen their bonds of support and friendship. The assembly was the idea of the Director of JRS Syria, Fr Fouad, who invited staff from Aleppo, Homs and Damascus to celebrate the origins, the spirit, the vision and the mission with all those who have been an integral part of the JRS family in Syria."The war in Syria has grabbed world headlines for...
Bombed out vehicles in Aleppo: Public Domain
The Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo in Syria, Jesuit Antoine Audo SJ, has warned that the city is at risk of total destruction, with only those unable to flee remaining. His warning follows an appeal to the world’s media by Carmelite nuns in Aleppo – via Aid to the Church in Need – for more accurate coverage of the situation in the West of the city.“This bias in the news is very painful to us,” the Sisters wrote, “because of the things we witness each and every day...
What hope for the church in Syria?
Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of the Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo will speak on the subject 'What hope for Syria?' in Farm Street Church Hall.  All welcome.  No charge.The talk, in cooperation with the Aid to the Church in Need UK and Aid to Eastern Christians (L’Oeuvre d’Orient), will address the real issues regarding the future of Syria's Christian community. With half of Syria’s population displaced and more than 400,000 people killed due to...
Cooking for 10,000: the JRS kitchen in western Aleppo. BBC screenshot
The ceasefire in Syria has now been in force for several days. But is humanitarian aid getting through to the people who need it most?As the focus turns to how agencies are getting desperately needed food and other supplies to areas hit hard by the conflict, the BBC's Middle East Correspondent, Jeremy Bowen, reports on aid agencies' efforts. He says that the east of the city of Aleppo, which has been deliberately cut off by government forces, is in the greatest need. But he starts his...

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