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Fr Hanna released, fate of co-religionists unknown
The Custody of the Holy Land announced the clergyman's release. The friar is now in the convent of Knayeh, the village where he was kidnapped by al Nusra militants.
As monk, parishioners are abducted in Syria, Gregory calls on the world to stop extremists
Overnight on Sunday, jihadi militants seized Fr Hanna Jallouf and some of his parishioners from the village of Knayeh, northern Syria. For now, their fate remains unknown. Antioch patriarch tells AsiaNews that everyone faces the same threat, calls on Christians and Muslims to demonstrate against such violence.
03/06/2013 SYRIA - VATICAN
For Nuncio in Damascus, abductions are a silent scourge in war-ravaged Syria
For Mgr Zenari, hundreds of families have had relatives disappear into thin air or kidnapped by criminal gangs. The population is living in terror. The pope calls for support for Syrians also affected by clashes, barbaric violence, and economic crisis.
11/03/2014 SYRIA - LEBANON
Exchanged for the wife of an al Qaeda member, Ma'aloula Sisters shout "Allah Akbar"
In a video, the nuns are seen thanking everyone, including the kidnappers, and calling on God to bless them. The al-Nusra Front pledges to continue its efforts until all prisoners are freed from Syrian jails. Reports says a ransom of US$ 4 million, but mediators deny.
09/06/2015 SYRIA – LEBANON
Patriarchs met in Damascus to give courage and hope to a restless people
In their final message, the (Catholic and Orthodox) patriarchs of Antioch call for a political settlement of the Syrian crisis and the return of all the people who have been kidnapped and displaced. They are silent on the Syrian regime, but mentioned Orthodox Bishops Boulos Yazigi and Youhanna Ibrahim as well as Fr Mourad, who are still being held hostage. The Palestinian cause is critical for the Middle East. Christians are urged not to leave.
11/03/2016 20:12:00 SYRIA
To her abductors who wanted to convert her, “I made the sign of the cross,” says ex IS prisoner
AsiaNews spoke to Josephine, one of hundreds of Christians from Al-Hasakah, who spent a year in the hands of the Islamic State group. She talked about psychological suffering, conversion attempts, and separation from her male relatives. She survived thanks to her faith. Her mother Caroline, a Caritas official, is the only one in her family to have been spared the ordeal. She also negotiated their release with IS, and gave a Jihadi copies of the Bible. Now she hopes “to meet the pope” with her entire family.
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