Father Tony Boutros, a Melkite-Catholic priest reported missing on 12th July is set freed, sources in Syria reports. The news was confirmed by Patriarch Gregory III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Alexandria and Jerusalem. Father Tony Boutros was serving a pastor of the Church of St. Philip the Apostle in Shahba, while he was kidnapped by unknown assailants.
Besides Fr. Boutros, there were other Catholic and Orthodox priests who were kidnapped. Italian Jesuit priest Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio and two Orthodox Bishops: Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi are still missing..