VATICAN CITY (RNS) There are so few Christians in this overwhelmingly Muslim country that Pope Francis is leaving the armored popemobile at home. So why is he going at all?
Articles tagged “Syria”
QAMISHLI, Syria (RNS) A Kurdish boy who looks no older than 11 mans the entrance of a military base in northeastern Syria. His pants drag on the ground and his shirt hangs off his bony shoulders as he stands in an ill-fitting military uniform next to a Kalashnikov automatic rifle. Like many of the child […]
DERIKE, Syria (RNS) Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the militants personally.
“I know that he had strong Muslim beliefs,” said a cousin of Douglas McCain, “but I didn’t know that he was in support of ISIS. I didn’t think he would be.”
(RNS) In a world of heart-wrenching suffering, leaders from President Obama to Russia’s Vladimir Putin often seem like helpless actors controlled by events rather than directing them. Pope Francis also risks that fate.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Pakistan and Syria have earned their places on the list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, says a leading religious liberty watchdog.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “If history has any lesson to teach us about silence, it’s not a good one,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said.
(RNS) The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is calling for the secretary of state to add Syria and seven other countries to the list of worst religious freedom offenders.