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Volume 45, Number 3
5 October 2012
Greg Kandra

An image of Mary is seen near a hole in a church after shelling in the old city of Homs, Syria, on 30 September.(CNS photo/Shaam News Network handout via Reuters)

Mother superior from Syria says Christians “cleared” by rebel forces (The Australian) The mother superior of a 1500-year-old monastery in Syria warned yesterday during a visit to Australia that the uprising against Bashar al-Assad has been hijacked by foreign Islamist mercenaries, with strong support from Western countries. Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix was forced to flee to neighboring Lebanon in June when she was warned of a plot to abduct her, after she revealed that about 80,000 Christians had been “cleared” by rebel forces from their homes in Homs province.

Apostolic Exhortation: a document that gives hope to Christians in the Middle East (Fides) Christians and Muslimss read, spread, photocopy, and study the Post-Synodal Exhortation “Ecclesia in the Middle East”, issued by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Lebanon. As reported by local sources of Fides Agency, people are studying the document in Lebanon but also in Syria, Jordan and the Holy Land. The Christian faithful, of all confessions, pending the release of an official document in Arabic by the Vatican Publishing, print the exhortation from the Vatican website, photocopy it, read it and study it in the various communities.

Coptic children accused of insulting Islam released (Fides) The Egyptian Prosecutor General ordered yesterday afternoon, October 4, the release of the two Coptic Orthodox children who had been taken the previous day to a juvenile detention after being accused of urinating on some pages containing the verses of the Quran, in a village in the southern province of Beni Suef.

Russian Orthodox clergy allowed to run for office (Interfax) The governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church has allowed clerics to run for elected office in government “in the event of dire ecclesiastical necessity.”

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