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Syrian Christians taking up arms in self-defense

Catholic World News - September 20, 2012

Some Syrian Christians in Homs, Aleppo, and other cities have begun to take up arms and patrol neighborhoods in self-defense.

“The situation is complicating,” said Archbishop Mario Zenari, the apostolic nuncio. “As hopes of a rapid end to this crisis dissipate, anger and desperation grow.”

Syria’s bishops have asked Christians not to take up arms, according to the Missionary International Service News Agency. Nonetheless, following the arson attack on the office of the Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs, some Christian defense groups have formed.

“A few weeks ago the government distributed weapons in the areas most at risk,” an anonymous source told the news agency.

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