Franciscan Priest Released in Syria

Syria is a world of chaos right now, but there was a little bit of good news this week.

A Syrian priest has been released by his abductors and is “optimistic” even though he is not allowed to leave the country until he has met with an Islamic religious leader.

Militants connected to al-Nusra Front kidnapped Father Hanna Jallouf, a Franciscan priest, along with about 20 of his parishioners in Knayeh, Syria, on Oct. 5, Asia News reported. Jallouf was the last of the group to be freed.

While his kidnappers did not explain why they abducted him, Agence France Presse (AFP) said one source claimed the rebels were upset by the priest’s refusal to give them part of the convent’s harvest. AFP also reported Jallouf had complained to a religious court about al-Nusra trying to take Franciscan property.

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