Syrian Nuns Freed

Syrian Nuns Freed


Thirteen nuns and three workers kidnapped months ago from Mar Thekla in Ma-loula, Syria, by al Qaeda-linked rebels, were released today. After a 9-hour journey, they were met in the hillside village of Jdaidet Yabous by Greek Orthodox church officials. Mother Pelagia Sayaf, the abbess of the monastery, said the women were all in good health and had not been mistreated by their captors.

Syrian Public Security Director Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said that no money was paid for the nuns’ release, but that it was part of a deal in exchange for 150 females that the Syrian government was holding.

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Psalm 107: 1

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Anne Danckaert

Anne Danckaert is a graduate of Indiana University and Ball State University. She has worked at OCN since 2007 in a variety of positions, with her current title being Director of Programming. Anne converted to Orthodoxy in 2005 and attends St. Anna's Greek Orthodox Church in Flemington, NJ, with her husband and two children.