James Wright Foley: A Strong Faith in a Strange Land

James Foley

The news that American front-line journalist James Wright Foley has been beheaded by ISIS has sent shock waves through America.  Graphic video of the execution was released by ISIS, with a warning to President Obama that his next decision will determine whether a second freelance reporter, Steven Joel Sotloff, will meet the same fate.Foley was captured on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, and since that time his parents, family and friends have mounted a campaign of prayer for his safe release.   … [Read more...]

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...]

Catholic Village Under Fire from Syrian Forces and Rebels – UPDATED

Syrian Catholic village

The Syrian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, has a rich history dating back to the time of Christ.It is a longstanding tradition that St. Thecla, a follower of the apostle Paul, is buried there within the walls of a convent that bears her name.  Thecla had taken a vow of chastity, and she fled to Maaloula to avoid marriage.  As her pursuers approached, a cleft of rock opened on the site, permitting her to escape; and it was there that her convent was constructed.In fact, Maaloula is o … [Read more...]