Christians excluded from Syrian rebels’ ‘interim government’

16/11/13 Syrian Christians have been systematically excluded from representation in an umbrella group representing rebel leaders, the Fides news service reports. The Syrian National Coalition, which has agreed to join in peace talks sponsored by the United States and Russia, has a policy of “deliberate marginalization and exclusion” of Christians, leaders of Syriac and Assyrian Christian groups ...

Beleagured Syrian Christians fear fall of Assad

People sing at a service in an Armenian Orthodox church in Damascus. Christians think they are being targeted in Syria

Dusan Stojanovic Associated Press-November 2013 DAMASCUS, Syria — Sami Amir is used to the deep, echoing rumble of Syr-ian army artillery pounding rebel positions on the outskirts of Damascus. It’s the thump of mortars launched from an Islamist-controlled neighborhood that scares him to death. Mortars have hit repeatedly in his mainly Christian district of Damascus, al-Qassaa, reportedly killing ...

Kremlin ready to consider citizenship for Syrian Christians

21/10/13 Head of Russian Orthodox Church’s press service said that the Russian authorities should show kindness to these people, who are “in real danger.”  The Kremlin is ready to consider a Russian citizenship request from about 50,000 Syrian Christians when it receives it, a presidential spokesman said Friday. “We have not received any requests so far. These ...

Syrian Christians turning to Russia for protection

17/10/13 About 50,000 Syrian Christians want to apply for Russian citizenship. In a letter to the Russian Foreign Ministry, they said that they were not planning to flee Syria, but if threatened with physical elimination, they would pin their hopes on Russia as the guarantor of their survival. Analysts think that despite the difficulties their request ...

Syrian Christians, in fear of Jihadists, begin to take up arms with Assad

15/10/13 As the Syrian civil war drags on, the rebels no longer simply want to topple a tyrannical regime. Now they want to replace the government with an Islamic-centered state, with Christians now joining President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Members of the religiously neutral Free Syrian Army, which started waging the conflict two years ago, are being supplemented ...

Another Ancient Christian City in Syria Being Terrorized by Islamic Rebels

Morgan Lee , CP Contributor - 5/10/13 The ancient Christian Syrian city of Saidnaya has recently come under threat from "Islamist militas," who have been raiding and terrorizing the village. According to Fides, "Islamist militias from Yabroud and the Lebanese mountain" have been preying upon the village. Earlier this week, one of the raids killed a Catholic ...

Polish MPs highlight plight of Syrian Christians

28/9/13 Members of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Polish Parliament have unanimously approved a draft resolution expressing solidarity with the Christian communities in Syria and Egypt. In the document, MPs call on the government and Polish diplomatic services to lobby at the forum of the European Union and elsewhere for the defence of Christians. Deputy foreign minister ...

Syrian Christians’ Neutral Stance Threatened As Conflict Spreads

  USA Today  |  By Stephen Starr - 25/9/13 ISTANBUL (RNS) A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the Aramaic language of Jesus is still spoken. The town has managed to stay out of the Syrian conflict between Sunni Muslim rebels and ...

The U.S. Christians Who Fear Assad’s Fall

Sara Sorcher - 22/9/13 Some religious groups fear regime change in Syria will lead to persecution of Christians in the war-torn state. Christians comprise about 10 percent of the population in Syria, home to ancient biblical scenes, including the Damascus road on which Paul had his conversion experience. But the civil war has changed Christians’ relatively protected status ...

Syrian Christians in Limbo, Fearing Repeat of Iraq

Clerics and other people attend the funeral of three men at Catholic Patriarchate in Damascus, Syria, on September 10, 2013.

Jamie Dettmer - 19/9/13 BEIRUT — Syria’s Christians dread the upsurge of radical Islamic fundamentalism among rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad, concerned that the Syrian civil war could spell the doom of Christianity in their country. But some critics say Christian leaders made a fatal error in siding against the rebellion. From the earliest days of Christianity, ...

Syrian Christians flee enclave

14/9/13 Almost all the Christians living in the ancient Syrian village of Maaloula, which has been under siege by rebels for more than a week, have fled, according to a senior church leader. The Damascus-based Greek Melkite Patriarch Gregory Laham III told Vatican Radio that witnesses told him that when the rebels moved into Maaloula they threatened ...

Syrian Christians Continually Targeted, Brutally Attacked, Says Religious Leader

MidEast Christian News - 11/9/13 Wadie el-Khazen, chairman of the Maronite General Council, condemned the assault on Christians in Maloula located on the outskirts of Damascus on Thursday. "What happened in Syria's Maloula at the hands of Islamic extremists is a brutal targeting to the most important Christian stronghold in Syria and the Middle East. This area has ...

Syrian Christians Pack Passports Fearing Islamist Onslaught

Syrian army forces load a machine gun mounted at the back of a vehicle in the Syrian Christian town of Maalula on Septamber 7, 2013. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Donna Abu-Nasr - 10/9/13 Syrian businessman Gaby Nakazy keeps the family’s passports and children’s school reports in a bag in the basement of his clothes factory in Jaramana, a mainly Christian and Druze suburb of Damascus. If Islamist rebels exploit a U.S. attack to advance into their neighborhood, Nakazy will grab the bag and join the 1.2 ...

Christians in Syria Will Pay If Assad Is Overthrown, Says Rand Paul

By Morgan Lee , CP Contributor - 4/9/13 A victory for Syria's "Islamic rebels" and an overthrow of President Assad  would endanger Syrian Christians, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asserted on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, speaking out against U.S.  military intervention in Syria. "I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians. All ...

Syrian Christians starving as Obama and western nations support rebels

2/8/13 In late breaking news, Barnabas Aid, a Christian organization who supports Christians who are prosecuted in various areas of the world received notice on Thursday from one of their Christian partners, an anonymous doctor, in Aleppo, Syria, that the war-torn city that has been forgotten as the world stands by and fails to intervene on behalf of its devastated citizens. The report from the ...

The Arab Springtime is a Nightmare for Syrian Christians

Alessandra Nucci- 23/7/13 Middle Eastern Christians decry how Western media misrepresent the increasingly violent events in Syria. Now that Syria is in shambles—with an estimated 93,000 dead, 1.5 million refugees, and 4.5 million internally displaced; ancient churches torched, destroyed, or vandalized; Christians targeted for murder and kidnapping and even used as human shields—now the mainstream media is starting ...

Syrian Christians flee to Lebanon, become kidnapping targets

A Syrian young girl is in her father

  Reese Erlich - 11/7/13 Syria's civil war is empowering extremists and squeezing Christians. BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Syrian rebel group took credit for setting off a bomb in a supermarket parking lot in a part of southern Beirut populated with Hezbollah supporters Tuesday. Fifty-three people were injured, according to Lebanese health officials. The bomb exploded several hundred yards from the ...

Archbishop decries persecution of Syrian Christians

Susie Turner - 11/7/13 "It's absolutely clear that Christians in Syria are being persecuted," the Archbishop of Canterbury said this week. The Most Reverend Justin Welby was speaking at a fringe event hosted by Open Doors at the Church of England's General Synod in York. Open Doors is running a 'Save Syria' campaign encouraging Christians to pray and ...

Syrian Christians: ‘Why Is America at War with Us’

27/6/13 Syrian Christians are asking why the United States supports extremists who want to turn Syria into an Islamic state. That testimony came during a congressional hearing on Syria's religious minorities Tuesday. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, called on President Barack Obama to defend the rights of ...

Islamist Ultimatum to Syrian Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die

June - 2013 (AINA) -- Syria's Christians fear an Islamist takeover should the current government be overthrown. During the ongoing civil war there has been a well-documented rise in the number of salafi-jihadist groups operating in Syria that pose a direct threat to Syria's Christian community.1 These militant opposition forces espouse an Islamist ideology, which incorporates elements ...

The Truth About Syria: Persecution of Syrian Christians Cries Out For Prayer and Action

By Deacon Keith Fournier 6/21/2013 Catholic Online (www.catholic.org) Christians preceded Muslims in calling Syria their home. They must not be forced to leave this ancient and holy land. We are living in a new missionary age. Whether in the West, where the memory of Christian influence fades under increasing persecution inflicted by rabid secularism and godless materialism and nihilism, ...