We changed our server to escape an attack on 12/18. Contact form, CC mailings, and donations not working yet.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Italian reporter, released after kidnapping in Syria, says 'no longer the secular revolution'

Catholic World News - September 09, 2013

An Italian reporter who was kidnapped by Syrian rebels in April has returned home after his release, saying: “I was trying to tell the story of the Syrian revolution, but it may be that this revolution has betrayed me.”

Domenico Quirico, who was handed over by rebels to criminals who negotiated his release, said that civil war in Syria is “no longer the secular revolution” that he had originally perceived.

Kidnappings have become increasingly frequent in Syria, as both rebels and ordinary criminals seek to extract ransoms and gain negotiating leverage. The AsiaNews service notes that religious leaders have been regular targets. Among the hostages still believed to be under rebel control are two Orthodox bishops who were seized on April 22, an Armenian Catholic priest and a Greek Orthodox priest abducted in February, and the Italian Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who has been missing since the end of July.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: rpp - Sep. 09, 2013 5:03 PM ET USA

    Truth has truly been an early casualty of the Syrian civil war. I do not know who to believe. All I know is that experience tells me that Christians generally suffer, as they have little political power, and that European and US meddling in Middle-Eastern countries generally make things worse. The only thing I know for certain is that we must pray for peace.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle 21 hours ago
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed 21 hours ago
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17