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The grey ghost town and the camp in search of a soul

An in-depth report from Church Times’ reporter Madeleine Davies, who met with people fleeing the violence in Syria and those supporting them during a visit to refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.

04 March 2016

Syria: Blankets will not stop bombs

Blankets will not stop bombs, Christian Aid has warned, at the conclusion of a conference that has secured $10 billion [US Dollars, approximately £7 million GBP] of pledges in humanitarian aid for victims of the Syrian crisis.

05 February 2016

Canadian Anglicans pledge $300k for displaced Syrians

More much-needed necessities will soon be on their way to families displaced by the war in Syria after the Anglican Church of Canada's Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund announced a $300,000 grant for necessities of life such as food, water, shelter, clothing, schooling, blankets, livelihood support, counselling and other forms of aid.

22 January 2016

Church-sponsored refugees arrive in Canada's Port Colborne

On New Year’s Day, a Muslim family of refugees from Syria began the last leg of a journey that had lasted almost three years and brought them thousands of kilometres to a new home in Canada, sponsored by a local Anglican church in Ontario.

13 January 2016

Art installation turns garbage into advocacy for Syrian refugees

An art installation at Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, is using waste materials to invoke images of refugee camps in an attempt to “foster awareness and spur greater relief efforts on the part of citizens and governments worldwide” for Syrian refugees.

15 December 2015

"Adulteress" refugee Julia brings 550000 boost to United Society's crisis appeal

A painting of the exiled Julia in a grotto in the Gulf of Salerno has sold at auction for more than five times its estimate, raising in excess of half a million pounds which will be used by the United Society (formerly USPG) and the Diocese of Europe in support of their response to the refugee crisis.

10 December 2015

Adulteress in exile comes to the aid of refugees in Europe

A valuable painting by an Old Master, Joseph Wright of Derby, featuring the exiled adulteress Julia in a cavern in the Gulf of Salerno near Naples, is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s after its owners donated it to the Anglican mission agency United Society (Us, formerly USPG) to support their work with refugees.

03 December 2015

Bishops express concern at extension of UK's anti-Daesh airstrikes

75 years after Coventry Cathedral was destroyed in an aerial bombing campaign that blitzed the city around it; the Bishop of Coventry has warned against the “unintended consequences” of both physical and ideological collateral damage during a debate over whether or not Britain should expand its anti-Daesh campaign in Iraq to also include targets in Syrian territory.

03 December 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury speaks on UK's anti-Daesh military campaign

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that the “Just War” criteria have been met to justify military action against Daesh (IS, ISIL, ISIS) in Syria; but warned that merely bombing Daesh targets would “confirm their dreadful belief that what they are doing is the will of God.” He called for a holistic approach to tackling Daesh, which should include a “global theological component”.

02 December 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury backs military in fight against Daesh

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has backed the use of military intervention in the fight against Daesh (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or IS). His backing came during a debate at the Church of England’s General Synod this week on a motion about the refugee crisis.

27 November 2015