Attack occurred during communion, but the only people injured were outside the building.
In an increasingly complicated time for the Syrian city of Aleppo, practically no place is completely safe. On Sunday, a mortar shell hit the Latin Catholic Church of St. Francis, in the al-Aziziyah district of the city, during Mass.
Fides news agency reported that the grenade, from areas held by anti-Assad rebels, hit the roof, tearing its dome but not penetrating it. Rather, the exposing injured seven people outside.
“If the grenade had exploded inside, there would have been a massacre,” commented Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, the apostolic vicar of Aleppo. He said that there were about 400 people in the church for the evening Mass and that the incident occurred as people were receiving communion…
More on the incident here.
Mystic Post with an interesting read for a Sunday afternoon:
With America clearly in mind, Vladimir Putin recently declared: “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered. They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.” Putin believes in sin and that morality is not a relative moving target that is determined by the dominate culture of the time. In Putin’s world – his Christian world – there are consequences to moral behavior – there is a right and a wrong.
Putin’s words on faith have surprised the world…
Read on here.
Actually, it looks like a Bishop…
In the above photo, an Orthodox priest blesses Russian missiles intended for airstrikes against Syrian rebels. According to Reuters reporter Noah Browning, the priest is sprinkling holy water on the missile before it is put aboard a Russian plane.
The blessing of missiles comes after Patriarch Kirill, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, declared that Russia’s intervention in Syria, which is aimed at the rebels currently aligned against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is a “holy battle.”
War. And the need to formulate a proper Christian response. One that is consistent. Sanctifying war? Surely, it cannot be so…
It’s a massive rugby day today: World Cup Semi with the Springboks (South Africa) vs. the All Blacks (NZ) at Twickenham.
News 24 will have live updates.
And Twitter, as always, will be abuzz.
80 minutes of war between two historic great rivals.
I’ll tell you, my heart says: ‘Springboks’, but my head says another: ‘All Blacks’…
Oh well, all I’ll say then is: ‘Go Bokke!!’
UPDATE: Final scores: South Africa 18-20 New Zealand.