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Relief efforts uphold dignity of life, priest says

The teacher in a class in Lebanon connected with her students. The class included refugees from Syria. The number of people devastated by the Syrian crisis continues to climb as the conflict continues, but to the Catholic agencies helping the people “the statistics have faces.”

Msgr. Jack Schuler spotted a woman making the sign of the cross before she sang a song for guests at a Catholic Relief Services-supported program that helps migrant workers and refugees in Lebanon. He reached out to her and gave her a blessing.

The Catholic Church's concern for the dignity of all is seen in its response to the humanitarian crisis that resulted from the war in Syria, said Msgr. Schuler, Catholic Charities of St. Louis chaplain and pastor of St. Cronan Parish in south St. Louis. More than 70 percent of Syrian refugees are women and children, according to CRS.

Baba ghanoush, tabouli, yebra and — welcome!

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Asked to give a review of her meal, Lori Korn gushed in her praise.

The baba ghanoush — a dish of mashed, cooked eggplant — "excellent, very smoky and delicious." The tabouli — parsley, tomato and other ingredients in a cabbage cup — "very, very fresh." And the yebra — meat and rice wrapped in grape leaves — "tender and tasty," said the woman from Boston visiting family in St. Louis.

Caroline Springer, a teacher and co-moderator of the U.N. Women Club at Ursuline Academy, was equally effusive, repeating the word "delicious."

Lebanese cardinal warns against ‘new drums of war’ in Syria

A Syrian firefighter used a fire hose inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center April 14 in Damascus. The United States, France and Britain launched airstrikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again.

BEIRUT — Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai appealed to world leaders to stop the war in Syria and to work for comprehensive peace through diplomatic means.

"As the great powers are beating the drums of a new war against Syria, we regret the absence of a language of peace from the mouths of senior officials in our world today," said Cardinal Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, in an address April 12 directed to the international community.

Pope denounces use of chemical weapons after attack in Syria

A wounded Syrian woman received aid April 7 at a hospital in Damascus after a suspected chemical-weapon attack in Douma. Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after the attack killed dozens of men, women and children.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after an attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria.

"There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination against defenseless people and populations," the pope said April 8 before concluding Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square.

Christian activists warn of slaughter of Syrian civilians in Afrin

Internally displaced people rode on the back of a truck with their belongings in Afrin, Syria. Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain slaughter in northwestern Afrin, where they allege Turkey and its militant allies have already carried out “war crimes” and “ethnic cleansing.”

AMMAN, Jordan — Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain slaughter in northwestern Afrin, where they allege Turkey and its militant allies have already carried out "war crimes" and "ethnic cleansing."

They have appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump and top U.S. officials to stop the bloodshed, warning that failure to act jeopardizes the hard-fought U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State in Syria.

Pope appeals for end to inhumane fighting, evil of war in Syria

A rescue worker carried an injured girl amid destroyed buildings Feb. 21 in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria.

VATICAN CITY — Calling the war in Syria "inhumane," Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting, immediate access to humanitarian aid and the evacuation of the injured and infirm.

"My thoughts often turn to that beloved and martyred Syria where the war has intensified, especially in eastern Ghouta," he said Feb. 25 after praying the Angelus with people gathered in St. Peter Square.

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