Pope Francis Says He Was Praying For The Armenian Priest Slain By ISIS.

Pope Francis said Tuesday he was praying for an Armenian Catholic priest who was killed by ISIS in Syria on Monday.

“I’m close to the Armeno-Catholic community of Qamishli, in Syria, meeting for the funeral of its priest, Father Joseph Bedoyan, killed yesterday along with his father,” Francis tweeted.

“I’m praying for them, for the relatives, and for all Christians in Syria.”

The Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on Monday that killed the Armenian Catholic priest and his father, who were en-route to Deir-es-Zor to monitor the condition of the Armenian Catholic Church there.

Rev. Hovsep Bedoyan, the pastor of the Armenian Catholic Church in Qamishli, in northeastern Syria, was traveling in a car with his father, Hamma, and Deacon Fati Sano of the Al-Hasakeh church to Deir-es-Zor when gunmen opened fire on the car, reported the Aleppo-based Kantsasar newspaper.

Rev. Bedoyan and his father were killed, while Deacon Sano was injured.


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