Roman Catholic officials say a Franciscan priest has been freed from captivity in Syria

January 5, 2016 1:30 PM

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JERUSALEM – Roman Catholic officials say a Franciscan priest who had been abducted by militants in Syria has been freed.

The Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custodian of the Catholic Church's properties in the Holy Land, said the priest, Rev. Dhiya Azziz, was released late Monday. In a statement Tuesday, the custodian's office said the priest was abducted by jihadis who had hoped to "profit" from the abduction.

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