NEWS ALERT: Militants Kidnap Priest, 20 Christians, In Syria

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service syria-warDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- A Syrian priest and some 20 other Christians remained missing Wednesday, October 8, after they were kidnapped by Islamist militants near Syria's border with Turkey, church officials said.

BREAKING NEWS: Dutch Priest Killed In Syria; Islamists Suspected (Update)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service priesttDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- A Dutch priest, who became known for his insistence on staying in the war-torn Syrian city of Homs, was shot dead there Monday, April 7, by suspected Islamic militants, Catholic sources said.

NEWS ALERT: Residents Flee Syria Christian Town After Militants Kill 80

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service syrianDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Aid workers remain concerned over dozens of mainly elderly Christians in north-west Syria, after Islamic militants overran a Christian town, killing some 80 people, and forcing thousands of local residents to flee.

BREAKING NEWS: Syria Rebels Release Greek Orthodox Nuns

Listen to this report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with additional reporting by Vatican Radio's Lydia O'Kane PhotoDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Syrian Christians were rejoicing Monday, March 10, after rebels freed more than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns ending their near four-month captivity in exchange for Syrian authorities releasing dozens of female prisoners.

NEWS ALERT: Syria’s Anxious Christians Urge Prayers For Troubled Peace Talks

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife syrian DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Leaders of Syria's embattled Christian minority urged prayers Monday, January 20, as prospects for a peace conference in Geneva were thrown into doubt after the opposition threatened to withdraw from the planned talks. The Syrian Opposition Coalition, which had only voted to attend the day before, said it was suspending its decision because the United Nations unexpectedly invited Iran to the January 22 conference, also known as 'Geneva II'.

Christmas Dinner For Christian Refugee Children From Syria, Iraq

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service childrenpraynow AMMAN, JORDAN (BosNewsLife)-- Preparations were underway in Jordan's capital Amman for "the first ever Christmas meal for Christian refugee children from Iraq and Syria" who have been "mostly ignored by Islamic charities," organizers said.

NEWS ALERT: Mounting Concern Over Abduction Syria Nuns

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service maaloulaDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Syria's minority Christians faced another day of anxiety Thursday, December 5, amid mounting concern about the fate of a group of nuns who were abducted by suspected Islamic fighters.

NEWS ALERT: Syria Militants Target Christian Schools

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service christiansnnowsyriaDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Syrian Christians and rights activists say Islamic militants have begun deploying rockets to target Christian sites, killing at least five young children this month alone. The announcement follows international concern about reports that rebel forces based on the outskirts of Damascus daily fire mortar shells at the capital, which is firmly under government control.

BREAKING NEWS: Italian Priest Missing In Syria ‘Still Alive’

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service PRIESTBRUSSELS/DAMASCUS (BosNewsLife)-- An Italian Jesuit priest who went missing in Syria several months ago is still alive, Christians involved in the case said Wednesday, October 2. Archdeacon Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church in the East told a gathering at the European Parliament that reports from inside Syria confirm that that "Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is alive".

US House Calls For Mideast Religious Rights Envoy

By BosNewsLife Americas Service christiansegyptWASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- A key rights official has "praised" a U.S. House of Representatives resolution for the creation of a special diplomatic envoy for religious freedom in the Middle East.