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Volume 45, Number 1
  
20 July 2015
J.D. Conor Mauro




The Rev. Moner Shaded translates as two Syrian women speak with journalists at Warsaw Airport after over 150 Christian refugees from Syria arrived in Poland seeking asylum on 10 July. (photo: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

For Syrian refugees, 1,500-mile journey of hope and hardship (Christian Science Monitor) It was 10 a.m., and the smuggler told them it was time to go. The two young Syrian men thought he wasn’t serious — surely they would wait to cross the Aegean Sea at night, wouldn’t they? All their hopes rested on this journey, and now they feared this smuggler was going to ruin it all by sending them across the channel, from Turkey to Greece, in the glare of day…

Syrian Christians trying to rebuild between hope and fear (Pravmir) Homs had had a large Christian community before the Syrian war broke out. Many Christians lived in the old part of the city with its many churches in particular. The Christian presence here goes right back to the first century. But in February 2012 the increasingly brutal Syrian war also reached the strategically important city of Homs…

Syrian government, Kurds join forces to take Hassake (AINA) In two districts of Syria’s city of Hassake, Kurdish fighters and government forces rest before returning to battle the Islamic State group, a shared enemy being fought jointly for the first time. Although the two forces are fighting in different parts of the northeastern city, where control is divided between the Kurds and the government, both are necessary to defeat the jihadists. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, army forces and Kurdish fighters have almost totally encircled ISIS in the southern part of Hassake…

Blast in Turkish town near Syria kills 28, wounds nearly 100 (Los Angeles Times) A blast killed at least 28 people Monday in a Turkish town near the country’s border with Syria, officials said. The detonation targeted an event held at the Amara Cultural Center in the town of Suruc, located just six miles from the border near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, site of long-running battles between ISIS and Kurdish fighters…

Venerable Andrey Sheptytsky, a spiritual leader for his people (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday approved the publication of decrees recognizing the heroic virtues of eight servants of God, including Ukrainian Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who led his flock during World War II. “Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky was a very important church leader in central and eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century,” says the Rev. Athanasius McVay, a scholar specializing in early 20th-century church history…



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