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 ...

Syria’s Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions

By Jamie Dettmer - 20/11/13 Running from assault, abduction, and assassination at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels, Syria’s ancient Christian community fears a religious pogrom is set to erupt. Traumatized by what they have endured inside Syria and fearful for their future, Christians fleeing the 32-month-long civil war say the persecution of Christians is worsening ...

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 ...

Syria rebels withdraw from ancient Christian town of Maaloula

6/9/13 Syrian rebels have withdrawn after briefly entering an ancient Christian town north of Damascus, the main opposition alliance has said. Free Syrian Army (FSA) units captured military positions outside Maaloula after heavy clashes with government forces and militiamen on Thursday. The National Coalition said they were in the vicinity for several hours, "but did not attack any ...

Details Emerge On Kidnapped Syrian Bishops

  Mohammad Ballout Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) 21/8/13 Are the two bishops missing or martyred? What is Jesuit priest Paolo Dall’Oglio‘s relation to the matter? What about his mission to mediate with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in order to reveal the bishops’ fate? What about his disappearance and possible death? There are multiple angles as ...

Armed Rebels Massacre Entire Population of Christian Village in Syria

27/5/13 Armed rebels attacked a village in Syria's Western province of Homs and slaughtered all its Christian residents on Monday. (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The armed rebels affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) raided the Christian-populated al-Duvair village in Reef (outskirts of) Homs near the border with Lebanon today and massacred all its civilian residents, including women and children.    The ...

Syria: Christians take up arms for first time

A fighter with the Free Syria Army (FSA) fires his weapon during skirmishes in the contested neighborhood of Izza in the northern city of Aleppo. Photo: Zac Baillie/AFP/Getty Images Ruth Sherlock, Carol Malouf in Beirut 12/9/2012 Christian communities in Aleppo have taken up arms and formed their own militias for the first time, the Daily Telegraph can disclose. ...