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The Al-Nusra Front who are attempting to overrun the UN mission on the Syrian-Israeli border are beheaders. They decapitated the Franciscan priest Fr Francois Murad in the northern Syrian city of Gassanieh in June last year. The images of his beheading ...
He had to cancel his 2011 field season, and because of the ongoing war in Syria, he hasn't returned since. Violence has besieged the Christian village of Gassanieh, where his team stayed, and he has barely been able to contact his friends and ...

Fr. Halim , a former provincial of the Custody of the Holy Land , tells AsiaNews about the situation of the increasingly endangered and persecuted Syrian Christians. The villages in rebel hands are forbidden ... Damascus ( AsiaNews ) - Christians in ...
The alleged charge by the Obama administration that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its citizens is without a shred of evidence.
An Internet video that went viral in late June, purportedly showing the beheading of three Christian clergymen by Syrian militants, was initially believed to capture the death of a Catholic priest named Fr.

There has been international concerns that Islamic militants have infiltrated the mainstream rebel group, known as the Free Syrian Army, who have been fighting the government forces of President Bashar Hafez al-Assad in a two-year war that has claimed ...
But Vatican sources later confirmed the 49-year-old was in fact shot dead in the Christian village of Gassanieh near Jisr Ash-Shughur in northern Syria, after rebels raided the monastery where he was living. "There are many news [reports] involving his ...

It is apparent, however, that he was a victim of the shadow war against Christians that is being fought by jihadists alongside the larger Syrian conflict. ... Affiliated with the Franciscan order that was given custody of the Holy Land sites by Pope ...
Pizzaballa said that Mourad sought refuge at Gassanieh because it was considered to be safe from Syria's bloody civil war, which has claimed more than 93,000 lives, according to the United Nations.
Long after both sides had predicted an overwhelming victory, Syria's Aleppo Province remains heavily contested by the Syrian military and rebel fighters. It's been hard on the combatants, but even harder on the civilians, who remain a constant target.
Let's ask Catholic priest Francois Murad, who was setting up a monastery in Gassanieh in Northern Syria last week.
Syrian rebels have executed a Syrian Catholic priest, Father Francois Murad, 49, by beheading. The Vatican confirmed Sunday that he was summarily executed on June 23 in the northern village of Gassanieh after being accused of supporting the Assad ...
This man is Patrizio Poggi, an ex-priest and convicted pedophile. When the Vatican refused to reinstate him to the priesthood, he tried to get various Roman priests and bishops in trouble with the law.






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