BLOG: Syria
It is very difficult to process what happened in Paris over the last few days. It is very easy to take the route of placing blaming to this group or the other. When I see people on social media saying that we should not welcome  Syrian and Iraqi refugees because they are somehow responsible for what happened ...read more
Here are a few things that we’ve been reading about across the country this week: In Antigonish, NS a significant donation to St. Francis Xavier University means more people who would not normally have access to post-secondary education will not get that access. In Toronto, the Archdiocese is on track to bring 100 refugee families ...read more
In his General Audience yesterday, Pope Francis prayed for the dire and violent situation facing Syria. He specifically brought to the attention of the world, the yet unknown whereabouts of three clergy who were kidnapped in the country in 2013: Italian Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, Syriac-Orthodox Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo and Greek-Orthodox ...read more
The Director of Jesuit Refugee Services in Syria, Fr. Nawras Sammour, SJ visited Toronto last week to speak about the ongoing civil war and refugee crisis plaguing his home country. The event, which was co-hosted by Canadian Jesuits International and Development and Peace, was held at the Jesuit parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in ...read more
Home for the holiday. Doors flung open as family gathers from near and far. A moment to thank God for the blessings of the past year. Imagine the place you call home is Aleppo, Syria. Every family, including yours, has a member who has been raped, or martyred or broken by the psychological, material, and ...read more
Sebastian Gomes, Salt + Light writer/producer/director of The Francis Effect, gives us a glimpse into filming the documentary: There’s no way to sugarcoat it: the current situation in the Middle East is catastrophic, and there’s no end in sight. It’s a volatile mix of religious, political, historical, ethnic, social and economic elements all firing at the ...read more