Al Qaeda-linked Islamists capture Syrian Christian village

George Marlin: The persecuted church 2013

Syrian rebels release kidnapped nuns in prisoner deal

Islamists demand levy from Christians in Syrian city

Congress secretly approves U.S. weapons flow to “moderate” Syrian rebels

Russian Patriarch wants Geneva 2 to focus on religious freedom

USCIRF: Religious minorities need a voice at Geneva II Peace Conference

N. Korea Tops Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan as Worst Place to Be Christian

Archbishop warns: even ‘moderate’ rebels want to turn Syria into Islamist state

Nun: Slain Christians’ blood drained and sold: Vials from beheading victims ‘going for $100,000′

Syria: Bishop calls on Christians to fight Islamists

U.S. Weighing Closer Ties With Hardline Islamists In Syria

Sharp rise in Europeans fighting in Syria

Pope Francis Appeals for Release of Nuns Taken by Rebels in Syria

‘Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria’ Ignored

Beleaguered Syrian Christians fear future, increasingly targeted by jihadis

Report: Syrian rebels organize burning of Bibles, other Christian books

    Fides.org: The militia of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the faction that in several regions of Syria monopolized the armed insurrection against the regime in Damascus in recent days have organized a book burning of Bibles and Christian books in front of the Greek – Catholic church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Raqqa, the Syrian city which has been for months under the control of anti-Assad militias.


  • Posted: 10/28/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.fides.org

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Syrian Troops Retake Christian Town From Jihadis

Syrian Rebels Battle Army In Christian Town

Bishop rues West’s view of Arab Spring, distinguishes jihadists, moderate Muslims

Christians joining forces with Syrian Army as jihadists threaten

The Army of Islam Is Winning in Syria

Assad regime says conflict has reached stalemate, plans to call for ceasefire

Al-qaida Gunmen Seize Town In Northern Syria

Snipers haunt Syrian Christian town of Maalula

Nun Reveals Rebel Atrocities In Syria: Girl Dismembered Alive With Saw

U.S. Military Confirms Rebels Had Sarin

Maaloula: rebels break into the village homes, kill three young Christians

Chaldean Catholic Leader: If Syrian Army Flees Aleppo, Christians ‘Will Be Massacred’

Obama backs UN effort on Syria as new resolution prepared

Syria Accepts Weapons Plan, Strike Momentum Eases

U.S. open to Russian chemical weapons proposal

Fighting Rages in Syrian Christian Town

Russia To Push Syria To Surrender Chemical Weapons

Syrian Rebels to Christian villagers: ‘Either You Convert To Islam, Or You Will Be Beheaded’

Syrian Army Attacks Hills Around Christian Village

Al Qaida fighters among rebels who seize Christian village in Syria

Arab Christians come out strongly against US strike in Syria

Southern Baptist Leaders: Criteria for ‘just war’ not met

Tea Party Groups Nationwide Unite Against American Attack On Syria

U.N. envoy, Russia say striking Syria would hurt chance for peace

Would Bombing Syria Be a ‘Just War’? | Robert George at WSJ

    Robert George at Wall Street Journal (via Google): Elshtain recognized, however—as have just-war theorists going back to St. Augustine through the modern popes—that even when force is used in a just cause there are additional requirements that must be met. Critically in the current debate, these include the likelihood of improving, and not worsening, the situation for the people of Syria and other potential victims of undeterred tyrants or violent extremists. Another concern is “proportionality”—the requirement that the collateral damage inevitably caused by the use of force not be so great as to render the use of force disproportionate and unfair to the innocent.


  • Posted: 09/06/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty

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Syria Sends Reinforcements To Christian Village Under Attack by Al Qaida

Brutality of Syrian Rebels, Executions Posing Dilemma in West

Pope: Abandon “futile” Military Syria Solution

Syrian Al Qaida Linked Rebels Fight Army Near Christian Village

The Pope Writes To Vladimir Putin: G20 Countries Must Not Remain Inert Before The Drama In Syria

    Vatican Information Service: To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community. Moreover, all governments have the moral duty to do everything possible to ensure humanitarian assistance to those suffering because of the conflict, both within and beyond the country’s borders”.


  • Posted: 09/05/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.vis.va

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In Praise Of Rand Paul & His ‘Bible-Thumping’ | Rod Dreher at The American Conservative

Al-qaeda Linked Syrian Rebels Attack Christian Village

Melkite leader says attacks on Syria would worsen situation

Catholic Patriarch of Syria: U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be ‘Criminal Act’

    CNSNews: Were the Obama administration to launch an attack on Syria, as President Obama has said he intends to do, it would be “a criminal act, which will only reap more victims,” said Gregory III, the leader of the Greek Catholic Church in Syria and Lebanon . . . “Who created this hell in which our people have been living for months? Every day, Islamic extremists from all over the world are pouring into Syria with the sole intent to kill and not one country has done anything to stop them, even the U.S. has decided to send in more weapons.”


  • Posted: 09/04/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.cnsnews.com

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1 million Syrian refugee children gripped by bloodshed, upheaval

Originalism and the Constitutionality of Military Intervention in Syria

Obama Willing to Pursue Solo Syria Strikes, Aides Say

British lawmakers reject measure on military action in Syria, in setback for Obama administration

Pope Says Only Dialogue Can End Syria Strife

AP Sources: Intelligence On Weapons No ‘slam Dunk’

Full Churches in Damascus as Melkite Patriarch Pleads Against Strikes Against Syria

Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Nerve Gas, Not Assad’s Regime: U.N. Official

22 House lawmakers demand say in approving Syria military strike

Syrian Chaldean Catholic bishop: Military intervention in Syria ‘could spark world war’

Moscow Patriarchate: acting as “international executioners,” the US is sacrificing Muslims and Christians in Syria

Zawahiri to Syrian Rebels: Damascus First, Then Cairo, Then Jerusalem

A Veteran Saudi Power Player Works To Build Support to Topple Assad

    Wall Street Journal: Prince Bandar—for two decades one of the most influential deal makers in Washington as Saudi ambassador but who had largely disappeared from public view—is now reprising his role as a geopolitical operator. This time it is to advance the Saudi kingdom’s top foreign-policy goal, defeating Syrian President Assad and his Iranian and Hezbollah allies . . . The conflict there has become a proxy war for Middle East factions, and Saudi Arabia’s efforts in Syria are just one sign of its broader effort to expand its regional influence. The Saudis also have been outspoken supporters of the Egyptian military in its drive to squelch the Muslim Brotherhood, backing that up with big chunks of cash.


  • Posted: 08/27/2013
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Syria accuses Kerry of lying, disregarding UN

Number of children who have fled Syria reaches a million, says U.N.

Prayers for an Intrepid Priest Missing in Syria

Al Qaeda group kidnaps Italian priest in Syria: activists

Assad Applauds Fall Of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Catholic Leaders Decry U.S. Arms to Syrian Rebels

Catholic Priest Beheaded In Syria By Al-qaeda-linked Rebels As Men And Children Take Pictures And Cheer