Pope praying for slain Syrian-Armenian priest

(Armradio) – Pope Francis has expressed his sympathy to the Armenian community of Qamishli.

“I am close to Armenian Catholics of Qamishli, in Syria, as they gather for the funeral of their parish priest, Father Hovsep Bedoyan, who was killed yesterday together with his father,” Pope Francis said in a Twitter post.

“I pray for them, their families, and for all Christians in Syria,” he said.

Pastor of the Armenian Catholic Community of Qamishli, Father Hovsep Petoyan and his father Abraham Petoyan were killed on Monday on their way to Deir ez-Zor. A deacon of the church was also injured in the attack.

ISIS terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the killing of the priests.

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