Link to the story http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/maaloula-has-fallen-to-the-jihadists/ on the fall of Maloula, the Christian town where the tomb of St Thekla (first woman martyr, disciple of St Paul) is located. Monk in last photo (Fr Cherubim) is from a monastery between Sadanaya (Damascus) and Maloula.
Pray for them!
And call/write your Congressman/Senators saying no to US military strikes on Syria! Better for US to push for negotiations for a peaceful settlement rather than military strikes that will only provoke Iran. Weakening Assad only strengthens the militant Islamists and brings greater anarchy to Syria — the death knell to the Christian presence there.
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