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  • Ending Syria’s war may be easier than rebuilding Christian/Muslim trust

    Ending Syria’s war may be easier than rebuilding Christian/Muslim trust

    Although a bloody conflict in Syria is still smoldering after six long years, bringing it to an end may prove less complicated than going back to the relatively trusting relationships that once existed in the country between Muslims and Christians. Many Syrian Christian refugees say that having watched their Muslim neighbors join in attacking them, it’s impossible to imagine that they’ll ever be able to trust them again.

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  • Refugees say life is hard, but without the Church it would be impossible

    Refugees say life is hard, but without the Church it would be impossible

    Talking to Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon, it’s obvious that life is hardly a walk in the park. However, to a person they also say that it would be infinitely worse without the assistance of the local Church. The Greek Melkite Archdiocese of Zahle, for instance, is spending roughly $2 million per year to provide housing, food, medication, schooling, and other basic necessities, as Lebanon copes with the world’s largest per capita refugee crisis.

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  • Iraqi women visit historic monastery after its recapture from Islamic State

    Iraqi women visit historic monastery after its recapture from Islamic State

    When the Islamic State unleashed its offensive on the Nineveh Plains in 2014 they bombed parts of San Behnam and Sara monastery, destroying the tombs of the namesake saints. However, since its liberation, monks have moved back in and are working to restore the areas that have either been burned or bombed.

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  • Christian refugees say without Church, we’d be crying ‘tears of blood’

    Christian refugees say without Church, we’d be crying ‘tears of blood’

    Tens of thousands of Christian refugees in Lebanon, having fled an ISIS genocide, are often slightly better off than Muslim refugees due to assistance from the local church and global Catholic groups such as Aid to the Church in Need, but they still report harsh living conditions, mounting discrimination related to anti-refugee resentments, and a strong desire for something else — going home, settling here, or moving on.

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  • On Sunday, in a refugee camp, I failed at doing my job

    On Sunday, in a refugee camp, I failed at doing my job

    On Sunday, my Crux colleague John Allen and I visited a Syrian refugee camp on the outskirts of Zahle, Lebanon, that’s home to 500 Muslim refugees who arrived here six years ago. My job was to document the site and the conditions using a brand-new, high-end camera, but I largely failed because the infectious joy of the children at the camp over having their pictures taken and photo-bombing one another got in the way.

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  • Iraqi nun: We pray for ISIS militants, it helps us forgive

    Iraqi nun: We pray for ISIS militants, it helps us forgive

    During the ISIS occupation of the Nineveh Plains, some 100 places of worship were destroyed, mostly Christian churches. Now, thanks to the support of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, about 1,000 Christian families have returned to their homes. Among those seeking to go home are a group of nuns forced to flee the area they had called home for over a century.

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