Shhh! Do not speak of this! “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013
“IS brings down Syria’s Historical Virgin Mary Church,” Xinhua, April 6, 2015:
The Islamic State (IS) militant group blew up an 80-year-old church in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasaka, as the Christian minority in Syria is observing the Easter holiday, state-run news agency SANA reported.
The IS booby-trapped and blew up the Virgin Mary Church in the town of Tal Nasra in the western countryside of Hasaka province, the report said, adding that the attack is part of the “brutal crimes” the terrorist group is committing in Syria.