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Christians grow weary over rising threat of kidnapping in Syria, Iraq

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Arab Christians are viewing with growing concern and revulsion an uptick in kidnappings of both their clergy and civilians as violence worsens in Syria and Iraq.

In mid-July, another Catholic clergyman went missing in Syria, making him possibly the eighth clerical victim of apparent abduction in the war-ravaged country.

Melkite Fr. Tony Boutros, 50, and his Muslim driver were first reported missing by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Europe must tackle structural causes of crisis, says bishops' commission

Europe must agree on shared financial and social policies to offset the risk of another crisis that almost saw Greece quit the eurozone, said a European bishops' commission.

A Thursday statement issued by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, expressed relief that a bailout package had prevented the "Grexit" -- the prospect of Greece abandoning the euro currency and returning to using the drachma.

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