Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,368 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Islamic forces target Christians in Syria

Catholic World News - March 21, 2012

Islamic extremists are engaged in “ethnic cleansing” of Christians in the Syrian city of Homs, local sources tell the Fides news service.

Militants with links to Al Qaida have reportedly driven 90% of the Christians out of the city, going door-to-door to inform families that they must leave immediately.

Archbishop Giuseppe Nazzaro, the apostolic nuncio in Syria, says that he cannot confirm the reports from Homs, but can report that Christians are facing increasing pressure in other parts of the country. The acts of violence against Christian targets, he says, are “bad signs for religious minorities.”

With the Syrian regime facing heavy pressure from rebel forces, Archbishop Nazzaro says, “In this situation Islamist and terrorist movements are making headway.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,746 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,253.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Barbnet - Mar. 22, 2012 10:48 PM ET USA

    Isn't the real question: Are U.S. Catholics going react? Most don't know anything is happening. US Bishops could galanize Cathoics to write or march, like they did over Roe vs Wade. The silence in the media and the US government is astonishing. I missed out on the happie marches in the '60s (I had a JOB and paid my way to college), but I am ready to make my sign and go to DC or New York.

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Mar. 22, 2012 7:52 AM ET USA

    I can't stop laughing at sfm's comment; yes, bring in our fearless leader Cardinal. Maybe he could even go there and meet with the Militant leaders to ask them to listen to him!

  • Posted by: Salome - Mar. 21, 2012 3:28 PM ET USA

    Better send in Cardinal Tauran to promote a bit of mutual understanding.

  • Posted by: Defender - Mar. 21, 2012 1:13 PM ET USA

    Wonder what Cardinal Tauran will say to this, more ‘right-wing’ ignorance of Islam? Notice that both the cardinal and Archbishop Nazzaro have danced around the subject of "ethnic cleansing" of Christians by Muslims? Being politically correct in this case only serves to embolden the Muslim extremists. Pretending a war between religions doesn't exist serves no purpose, but notice this is not mentioned by our government as they urge support for anti-government forces in Syria?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 10 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? 14 hours ago
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6