Abducted Franciscan priest released in Syria

Priest_collar_CNA_10_29_14Prayers were pouring out from all over for this Franciscan priest kidnapped last week. Fr. Dhiya Aziz, a member of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land was abducted by some unknown militants, is released as per the reports. The Franciscan authorities thanked everyone who has prayed for the release of the priest.


Fr. Aziz, parish priest at Yacubiyeh, a village in Syria’s Idlib province, was found missing on July 4. It is suspected that some jihadist group, aiming for profit on his release, had abducted him. Fr. Aziz was treated well by the abductors as per the reports. Fr. Aziz, a native of Mosul, was born in 1974, studied medicine before entering religious life.