Syria

Almost £3,500 was raised at a Vigil for Syria at Farm Street Jesuit Church last Tuesday. The money will support Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) projects in the Middle East. The congregation of more than 250 was able to visit the Syria Shrine that had been set up in the Seven Dolours Altar, where photos of Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio SJ – missing in Syria since July 2013 – and Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ – murdered on 7 April 2014 – were displayed.“The humanitarian...
Tributes continue to be paid to Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ who was murdered on 7 April 2014 in Homs, Syria. Writing on Facebook, Youssef Habib said:It is with great sorrow that I just received the news of the killing of my old Jesuit friend Fr Frans Vander Lugt today in Homs, Syria.Abouna Frans (or preferably Frans ﻓﺮﺍﻧﺲ as he liked young Syrians to call him) was a pioneer of creative means of mutual understanding between Syrians.He was a friend of the poorest and of the richest... of the...
A gunman in the Syrian city of Homs has shot and killed Dutch Jesuit Fr Frans van der Lugt. Citing a source in the Homs governorate, his death was reported by Syria's state news agency SANA, which said he had died immediately after being shot. The motive for the attack was unclear.Fr Jan Stuyt SJ of the Jesuits in the Netherlands said this morning:  "I can confirm that he's been killed. A man came into his house, took him outside and shot him...
Farm Street Church is hosting an evening of prayer and music for Syria on Tuesday 8 April 2014. Full details here.
Farm Street Jesuit Church in central London is hosting a new Syria Shrine at its Seven Dolours Altar to pray for peace in Syria, for its many refugees, and for Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio SJ.  Fr Dall’Oglio, who has been involved in reconciliation ministry in Syria for more than three decades, has been missing since July 2013. On Tuesday 8 April Farm Street is hosting a Lenten Evening of Reflection and Witness to raise awareness and funds for the Syrian refugee...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria (JRS Syria) has been awarded the 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award for its outstanding dedication in providing emergency relief to Syrians since the war began in 2011. The award honours individuals and organisations who make a stand for peace, justice and non-violence in different parts of the world. It was established in 1988 and is funded by the Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink Peace Fund.JRS began its work In the Middle East and North Africa in 2008 in...
On 27 February in the House of Lord, Lord David Alton took part in a debate on Syria and the Middle East. He pointed out how Christians and other minorities in the country are being systematically targeted in the ongoing civil war and he asked: "What news ... about the Jesuit, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, kidnapped in July 2013 after entering rebel-held territory?" Read the full text of his speech on Independent Catholic News.
The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service is among the signatories of an Open Letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to join UNHCR's global settlement programme for Syrian refugees and to show compassion to the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and their families in the United Kingdom. Writing in tomorrow's Independent newspaper, Fr Peter Balleis SJ joins signatories from humanitarian agencies including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Save the...
Ayman Rifai, who had worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria since the beginning of the current crisis in the country, was killed by a mortar on 11 January in Hamdaniyeh on the outskirts of Aleppo. He was the father of five (four boys and one girl). Ayman was visiting his eldest son with two of his children in Ramouseh, outside Aleppo, where his son is doing his military service, when a mortar exploded, killing him and his 18-year-old son. His 14-year-old son was injured, causing...
Sarah Teather MP is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees in Parliament and a former Children's Minister.  Here she recounts her recent visit to Jordan with the Jesuit Refugee Service. Reporting on the Syrian crisis in the UK has waned since Britain, France and the US shelved plans for a bombing campaign.  There is a real danger that we forget the Syrian people.  As Chair of a parliamentary group that promotes the welfare of refugees, I wanted...

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