Don’t worry, the Obama administration will vet the rebels in Syria before arming them. The question, I guess, is which way the vetting leans. Maybe it’s only in Egypt that the US will knowingly empower Islamists, and continue to back them against the will of the people.

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) – The Vatican is confirming the death by beheading of Franciscan Father, Francois Murad, who was martyred by Syrian jihadists on June 23.

Below is the news release from the Vatican, via

On Sunday, June 23 the Syrian priest François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria, in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had taken refuge. This is confirmed by a statement of the Custos of the Holy Land sent to Fides Agency. The circumstances of the death are not fully understood. According to local sources, the monastery where Fr. Murad was staying was attacked by militants linked to the jihadi group Jabhat al-Nusra.

There is video of the beheading at the link.

Keep the faith!