Orthodox Nuns from Maaloula Finally Freed


Last September, I told you about the Syrian attack on the scenic Catholic village of Maaloula, near Damascus.According to a report from Breitbart, Islamic rebels associated with al Qaeda burst into the town, shooting or beheading Christians who refused to convert to Islam.More than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns were kidnapped from their monastery of Mar Thecla by militants from the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.  The nuns, who were mostly Syrian and Lebanese and who worked in t … [Read more...]

Syrian Nuns Kidnapped; Pope Francis Calls for Prayer

Syrian nun kidnapped

Pope Francis, at the end of his General Audience on Wednesday, December 4, called on everyone to pray for a group of Syrian nuns who were kidnapped from the Monastery of Saint Tecla, a Greek Orthodox monastery near the ancient Christian town of Ma’lula, about 35 miles north of Damascus.I told the story over at the Kresta in the Afternoon blog.  The Holy Father said,“Now I would like to invite everyone to pray for the religious sisters of the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla i … [Read more...]

Great Mufti of Syria Joins Pope Francis in Praying for Peace on September 7

Ommayad Mosque in Damascus, Syria

The Great Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassou, would like to travel to Rome to attend Pope Francis’ prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 7.The spiritual leader of Sunni Islam in Syria was “deeply affected by the Pope’s appeal for peace in Syria” during last Sunday’s Angelus address, and sent a letter to the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, Mario Zenari, expressing his hope that he will be able to attend the vigil.According to Fides news agency, the Great Mufti said, "Eve … [Read more...]