Bishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh of Homs and Hama in Syria has repeated an appeal for the release of 12 women religious kidnapped in Syria on December 2, the Ekklesia (British) website reports today (December 14, 2013).
The nuns are Sisters from the Convent of St. Tekla in Maalaoula -- a largely Christian town north of Damascus.
Speaking in an interview with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Syrian Orthodox Bishop Alnemeh said that he had not heard from the Sisters since their disappearance over 10 days ago. He said he believes that the women are now being held in Yabrud, which is 12 miles from Maaloula.
The bishop declared: "I demand the immediate release of the nuns, who have done no harm to anyone. We've reached the point where even nuns are being abducted. What have they done wrong? It's a crime. The abductors want to demonstrate that they know no mercy."