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Italian Jesuit expelled from Syria

Catholic World News - June 21, 2012

The Syrian government has expelled an Italian Jesuit from the strife-torn nation.

“The very fact that I am for change, for democracy, for human rights and dignity, this is very provocative,” said Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, 57, who has criticized the Assad regime’s shelling of civilians.

“We are in solidarity with the repression, not only because we don’t denounce the repression, but also because we [deny] there is repression,” he said of some Syrian Christians.

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