Saving the children of Syria’s war

????????????????????????????????????There are many tragedies in any war, but none are harder to watch than the suffering of children. Syria’s civil war is no exception. Hundreds of children have been killed and thousands more displaced in refugee camps with poor food and shelter and no idea when they can go home.

In the summer edition of One magazine, the official publication of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Jesuit Father Ziad Hilal writes about the impact the conflict is having on Syria’s children and the work of the church to save the children in the city of Homs.

As director of St. Savior Center for Education in Homs, Father Hilal is working with his fellow Jesuits and Jesuit Relief Services, the Paulist Fathers, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and dozens of lay Christians, with the assistance and support of CNEWA, to help the displaced and threatened children — Christian and Muslim — continue their lives. Many have lost one or both parents. All are victims of the crush of violence.

Catholic politicians at odds with church on Syria

As U.S. bishops join Pope Francis in calling for a non-violent resolution to the war in Syria, the nation’s top Catholic politicians have gone the opposite way.

Secretary of State John Kerry has emerged as the administration’s principal advocate for strikes against the Assad regime. Vice President Joe Biden has made the case for Assad’s guilt in the chemical attack that President Obama says would justify armed intervention. And yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also lent their support to a military solution.

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