SYRIA: Providing food, shelter and medicine in Homs

Thanks to you, Jesuit priest Fr Ziad Hilal is providing food, shelter and medicine for people from Homs in Syria. The city was home to the country's second largest Christian community but most have fled after heavy fighting.

When Fr Ziad first opened his centre, 1,000 families came – and the numbers kept growing. "Almost all the people need help," he said.

Fr Ziad described "many explosions" taking place near his church in Homs. But he said the situation was worse for a fellow Jesuit priest and 74 Christians trapped in Homs Old City, where they live in a "siege-like manner" and are dependent on parcels of Aid to the Church in Need aid.

Quoting Pope Francis, Fr Ziad wrote: "Nobody can steal our hope."