Syria's war creates havoc, priest's whereabouts unknown, nuncio says

Hamid Khatib | Catholic News Service/Reuters
VATICAN CITY -- The war in Syria is like a factory churning out nothing but death, destruction and suffering, said Archbishop Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio to Syria. Even though the Vatican was unable to confirm July 30 news reports that a Jesuit priest had been kidnapped in Syria, the nuncio said hundreds of innocent people there find themselves abducted for political leverage or economic extortion. Kidnappings in Syria represent "a very, very painful wound that deeply harms the nation and the Syrian people," he said.

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