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Murdered Syrian priest was gunned down for his faith

An Armenian-Catholic archbishop has spoken out about the murder of a priest of his Church which ISIS (Daesh) claimed responsibility for.

Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about the attack that killed Armenian-Catholic priest Father Hovsep Hanna Bedoyan on Monday (11th November), Armenian-Catholic Archbishop Boutros Marayati of Aleppo said: “The war in Syria is not yet over. We continue to feel the presence of ISIS”.

ISIS took responsibility for the killing just hours after the murder.

Father Bedoyan was travelling to Deir Ezzor with his father Ibrahim Hanna Bedoyan, a deacon, and a layman to monitor repair work on the Armenian-Catholic Church of the Martyrs when they were attacked.

Archbishop Marayati said: “We are trying to rebuild the church and the houses of the Christians who used to live there, so that they can return to the city.”

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