Syria: Islamist Rebels Abduct 12 Nuns from Orthodox Monastery in Maaloula

3/12/13 Damascus (AsiaNews) – Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula (north of Damascus). Mgr Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus, confirmed the information after speaking with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate. Through the Vatican diplomat, the latter “calls on all Catholics to pray ...

Battle for Syria Christian town of Maaloula continues

14/9/13 A BBC correspondent in Syria has said the battle for an ancient Christian town is continuing, despite reports that government forces had retaken it. Jeremy Bowen said that a heavy gunfight with rebels was continuing in Maaloula, with smoke rising into the sky. He added that he had not seen evidence confirming religious sites had been damaged ...

Battle for Syria Christian town of Maaloula continues

12/9/13 A BBC correspondent in Syria has said the battle for an ancient Christian town is continuing, despite reports that government forces had retaken it. Jeremy Bowen said that a heavy gunfight with rebels was continuing in Maaloula, with smoke rising into the sky. He added that he had not seen evidence confirming religious sites had been ...

Maaloula: rebels break into the village homes, kill three young Christians

10/9/13 AsiaNews sources report anti-Christian violence and persecution in the village where people still speak Aramaic. Islamist insurgents have broken into homes and seized at least six young Greek-Catholics. Dead bodies are lying in the streets as a warning to the inhabitants. In Damascus, the local Church tries to help the refugees, but "many families have ...

Syrian army moves to retake Maaloula

Members of the Free Syrian Army arrive at the Convent of Saint Takla in Maaloula, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, to dismiss rumors that they were burnt. (The Daily Star/Syrian Media Center/YouTube grab)

10/9/13 BEIRUT: Syrian troops launched an offensive Monday against rebel-held positions on hills overlooking a mainly Christian village as they moved to regain control of the ancient community near the capital, Damascus, activists said. The battle for Maaloula has stoked fears among Syrian Christians that the alternative to Assad’s regime – which is made up mostly of ...

Syria rebels attack regime-held Christian village

Free Syrian army fighters hold their weapons as they stand on a military tank in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

  Karin Laub - 5/9/13 BEIRUT: A nun and activists say rebel fighters have attacked a regime-held, predominantly Christian village, commandeering a mountaintop hotel and shelling the ancient community from there. The nun, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, says the assault began around dawn Wednesday with a suicide bombing at a regime checkpoint outside ...

Leaders urge caution over reports of priests’ fate

By Lauren Williams The Daily Star 14/8/13 BEIRUT: Religious leaders urged “prudence” amid swirling rumors over the fate of three Christian priests reportedly kidnapped in Syria. Italian Jesuit Priest Paolo Dall’Oglio, a prominent critic of the Syrian regime and advocate for inter-religious dialogue, has been missing since July 29 after he traveled to the northeastern city of Raqqa ...