Armenian Catholic priest Father Hovsep Bedoyan was gunned down in Syria along with his father, with ISIS claiming responsibility for the murder.
On Monday, Father Hovsep Bedoyan and his father Abraham Bedoyan were traveling to visit to the Armenian Catholic Church in Deir ez-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria. They were going there to “supervise the restoration” of the church which was damaged during the Syrian civil war.
Their car was ambushed during a checkpoint and they were shot at pointblank range. Both were killed in the attack, and deacon Fati Sano who was also in the car with them had only minor wounds. Hours after, ISIS claimed responsibility for their murder.
Bedoyan was the pastor of the Armenian Catholic community in the the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli, near the border of Turkey. On Tuesday, many attended the funeral in the city to mourn their loss.
Pope Francis also tweeted to express his closeness and give his condolences:
I am close to Armenian Catholics of Qamishli, in Syria, as they gather for the funeral of their parish priest, Father Hovsep Bedoyan, who was killed yesterday together with his father. I pray for them, their families, and for all Christians in Syria.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) November 12, 2019
The attack is another in a long list of priests and religious killed in Syria. Since 2013, five priests have gone missing and 3 have been killed.