In seven years of civil war, the Discalced Carmelites convent has suffered many food, water and electricity shortages, seen its windows shattered and a surrounding wall destroyed.
 Pope Francis touches a rosary during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell April 29, 2018
The pope is praying especially for peace in Syria, Nigeria and the Koreas.
A Syrian soldier documents the damage to the Syrian Scientific Research Center from U.S., British and French military strikes on April 14. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Margot Patterson April 17, 2018
The U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria are a show of force that will accomplish nothing in a country that has seen nothing but war for seven years.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in the House of Commons on April 16 regarding her decision to join air strikes against Syria. (PA via AP)
David Stewart April 17, 2018
The prime minister authorized Royal Air Force participation in the U.S.-led strike while Parliament was in recess, upending an recent tradition of shared powers.
A medical worker gives a child oxygen following an alleged poison gas attack in the opposition-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria, on April 8. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
Antonio De Loera-Brust April 16, 2018
If the U.S. does not take this opportunity to strike the Assad regime, the lesson to every dictator will be that they can get away with any atrocity that keeps them in power.
Gerard O’Connell April 15, 2018
The pope’s first comments on Syria since the missile attacks