PowerLinks 08.05.13

August 05, 2013 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 08.05.13

Syria’s sorrowing clergy The Economist For people concerned about the fate about Syria’s Christian minority, these are dark times. It has now been exactly 100 days since two bishops from the ancient city of Aleppo were kidnapped near the Turkish border, and there is no definite news of their fate. Continue Reading...

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