Pope expresses solidarity with the Armenian Catholic Church in Syria

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Pope expresses solidarity with the Armenian Catholic Church in Syria

Rome-en.abouna.org

Pope Francis on Tuesday, November 12, expressed solidarity with the Armenian Catholic Church in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, in the wake of the heinous attack carried out against against Fr. Hovsep Petoian, the head of the Armenian Catholic community in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, and his father, Fr. Abraham Petoian, who were heading from Hasaka province to the province of Deir Al-Zor when they came under attack. The two men were due to oversee the restoration of a church in Deir Al-Zor.The militants of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) claimed responsibility.

Pope Francis said on Twitter: "I am close to Armenian Catholics of Qamishli, in Syria, as they gather for the funeral of their parish priest, Father Hovsep Bedoyan, who was killed yesterday together with his father. I pray for them, their families, and for all Christians in Syria."

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 22:22
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