Growing humanitarian concerns this week about the situation in Syria: United Nations investigators reported “new levels of brutality” from both sides in Syria’s more than two-year-long conflict. The report documented systematic imposition of sieges, the use of chemical agents, and forcible displacement of civilians. The lead UN investigator said “crimes that shock the conscience have become a daily reality.” Pope Francis added his voice of concern several times this week. On Sunday (June 2), he called for the release of hostages, including two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in April. And during his Wednesday general audience he urged more help for the Syrian people, saying their destiny was close to his heart.
News of the Week
see allWatch Full EpisodesNovember 21, 2014: Pope Francis Trip to Turkey; Recruiting Radical Muslims; Our Lady of Guadalupe BasilicaNovember 14, 2014: Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism; Church Relocation; Judaism and Feeding the Homeless
R&E Video and News Widgets
Our news widget offers the latest headlines from our website.LEARN MORE