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March 29-April 11, 2013

Syrian Christian refugees turn to churches for help

Churches and monasteries in Turkey are struggling to shelter a rising number of Syrian Christian refugees who are reluctant to seek help at government-run relief camps because of reported Muslim extremism, said a Catholic Relief Services staffer.

Sleiman Saikali, program officer for the U.S. bishops' relief and development agency, told Catholic News Service that he met Christian refugees living in and around the southeastern Turkish cities of Mardin and Midyat; some lived in churches and two ancient monasteries.

'The Bible,' 'Bones,' 'Flight' due honors at Catholic media awards

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Catholics in Media Associates celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Mass and film and television awards ceremony April 14.

The Oscar-nominated film "Flight," the long-running police drama "Bones" and the hit television miniseries "The Bible" will receive honors at the event.

An open-air Mass will precede the luncheon and awards ceremony in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.

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