Pope Francis convokes consistory on Middle East

2014-10-07 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday convoked a Consistory of Cardinals and Patriarchs to discuss the situation facing Christians in the Middle East.

The Consistory will take place in the Vatican on October 20th.

The announcement comes as the Custody of the Holy Land confirmed that fr. Hanna Jallouf OFM, of the Custody of the Holy Land, and parish priest at Knayeh (Qunayeh), Syria, was abducted on Sunday night  by some brigades linked to the Jahbat Al-Nusra militant group.

Along with fr. Hanna, several men of the Christian village were also taken.

A number of nuns managed to escape and found refuge in nearby houses.


(from Vatican Radio)