Confused About Syria? Who’s Fighting and Why

Tens of thousands are still fleeing this ancient part of the world. Aleteia: Syria is a country of mountains, deserts and fertile plains, bordering Lebanon, the Mediterranean Sea, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Israel. The country is largely populated by Sunni Muslims, but is also home to many other ethnic and religious groups: Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, and Circassians, Christians, Shiites, Alawites, Druze, Mandeans, Salafis, and Yazidis. The…

Caught in the Middle: Mortar Shell Hits Church

Attack occurred during communion, but the only people injured were outside the building. Aleteia reports: In an increasingly complicated time for the Syrian city of Aleppo, practically no place is completely safe. On Sunday, a mortar shell hit the Latin Catholic Church of St. Francis, in the al-Aziziyah district of the city, during Mass. Fides…

The Surprising Rise of Christianity in Russia

Mystic Post with an interesting read for a Sunday afternoon: With America clearly in mind, Vladimir Putin recently declared: “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered. They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality…

Priest Blesses Missiles To Be Used For Airstrikes

In Syria: Actually, it looks like a Bishop… In the above photo, an Orthodox priest blesses Russian missiles intended for airstrikes against Syrian rebels. According to Reuters reporter Noah Browning, the priest is sprinkling holy water on the missile before it is put aboard a Russian plane. The blessing of missiles comes after Patriarch Kirill,…

ISIS Blows Up Arch of Triumph in Syria’s Palmyra

Discovery News is reporting: Islamic State extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s head of antiquities said Monday, as the jihadists press their campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site. ISIS’ destruction of art in Iraq’s Mosul Museum generated a lot of outrage. Was…