Islamist Militants Kidnap Priest in Syria

Father Hanna Jallouf Abducted Along With Several Men From Christian Town of Knayeh

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The Franciscan Fathers of the Custody of the Holy Land have confirmed that Father Hanna Jallouf, parish priest in the Syrian town of Knayeh was taken during the night of Oct. 5th by some brigades linked to the militant group Jahbat Al-Nusra.

Along with Father Hanna, several men of the Christian village were also taken, Fides News Agency reports.

The number of those who were kidnapped is not specified. «The Franciscan nuns who were in the convent have taken refuge in some houses of the village,” the Custody of the Holy Land has said.

It is not able to say where Father Hanna and his parishioners are now located and, at this time, they have no possibility of contact with him or his captors.

The statement concludes with an invitation to pray for the priest «and for the other victims of this tragic and senseless war». 

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