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Trappist nuns in Azeir, a sign of hope for Syria at war
Located between Homs and Tartous in western Syria, the Monastery of Azeir continues to help Christians and Muslims, despite the fighting. What follows includes some excerpts from letters written by five Italian nuns living at the monastery posted online. Through simple actions like praying and gardening, the sisters have become a beacon of hope for Christians and Muslims devastated by the conflict.
As IS destroys Mar Elian monastery, nuncio in Damascus calls for international diplomacy to save Syria
The Jihadi militia destroys 1,600-old church. Online post shows the extent of the devastation. In May, the jihadists had kidnapped the monastery’s prior. For Mgr Zenari, news about the event is sketchy. The prelate welcomes with cautious optimism UN resolution and efforts by the international community to secure peace.
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.
10/12/2013 LEBANON - SYRIA
Lebanon asks for Qatari help in Maaloula nuns affair
The head of Lebanese security also wants information about the two Orthodox bishops abducted last April. Questions are addressed to Al-Jazeera with regards to the source behind the video released days ago showing the sisters "detained" by Islamist insurgents. Greek-Orthodox Patriarch Youhanna calls for prayers and actions to obtain the nuns' release. Lebanese Minister criticises international community for not doing enough to deal with this abduction.
Custos of the Holy Land: Fr Franҫois Mourad killed by Islamist insurgents in al-Ghassaniyah
Fr Pizzaballa talks about the killing of the priest, new martyr in Syria. Franҫois Mourad was killed during an attack by Islamic fighters against the Monastery of St Anthony, in Idlib province. Until his death, the priest had worked with the Franciscans to alleviate the suffering of Christians and Muslims. Now the village stands completely destroyed.
06/04/2016 19:29:00 SYRIA
Islamic State destruction in Mar Elian monastery is “total"
Caritas coordinator Fr Iyad Ghanem describes the devastation at the church, monastery and hostel. Jihadis blew up the saint’s tomb. At present, Al-Qaryatayn is a ghost town littered with mines and unexploded bombs, which need to be cleared. However, the greatest tragedy is the flight of Christians; for them, what is needed are "prayer and mercy."
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