On Monday 2nd December, terrorists stormed the convent St. Tekla in the Christian town of Maaloula and abducted the nuns, they were taken to the nearby rebel controlled town of Yabrud and are said to be held by rebels inside a church in that town.
Wednesday 4th terrorists in Maaloula have commenced the systematic torching of all the of Christian owned
Appeals from Rome, Antioch and Jerusalem for the abducted Nuns of Maaloula
"I would now like to invite you all to pray for the nuns of the Greek-Orthodox Monastery of Santa Tecla in Ma'loula, Syria, who two days ago were taken away by force by armed men. Pray for these nuns for these sisters and for all the people seized as a result of the ongoing conflict. Continue to pray and work together for peace. Let us entrust ourselves to the Virgin Mary." (Hail Mary ...)
H.H. Pope Francis weekly audience Wednesday December 4th
"Our cry is addressed to the international community and the world's government to release Saint Taqla's nuns and orphans detained since yesterday,"...."Detaining the nuns is a blatant offensive to people's dignity and the voice of peace throughout Syria and the entire Levant,"
H.B. John X Yazegi, Antiochian Orthodox Patriarch, Monday December 2nd
“We condemn and strongly denounce what has been suffered by this ancient Orthodox monastery which sponsors orphans and the poor and the needy without discrimination, religious or ideological and provides humanitarian services and social care through this segment of Syrian society.....The abduction of nuns by terrorist groups is hateful and inhumane....Western and Arab nations who are supplying these terrorists must bear responsibility for the organized terrorism that targets all segments of the Syrian Arab state seeking to destroy and sabotage the country and abuse the unit of its people.....Some Western countries that claim concern for the Christian presence in the Middle East bear responsibility for the displacement of Christians because they support these extremist groups whose goal is to drive Christians out of their country and the destruction of religious brotherhood that is a characteristic of our region .....The world must realize that what is happening in Syria is not an Arab Spring pursuant to achieving a meaningful democratic civil state but it is an old scheme that aims to empty the region of Christians.”
H.E. Theodosios Hanna, Archbishop of Sabastia, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
MOSCOW, December 4 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Foreign Ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church have demanded the release of a group of nuns reportedly captured by Islamist rebels at an ancient convent in Syria. Read full article here
“Every week we receive news that bandits have destroyed a Christian monastery or church, kidnapped or killed a cleric, raped a Christian woman and that Christian families have been ousted from their houses,” Read more here
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate