Syrian priest shot not beheaded

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Fr Francois Mourad was killed by gunshot and buried June 23 by gunshots but not beheaded, his Franciscan colleagues say.

Fr Francois Mourad, a Syrian originally named as victim of a merciless mob, was instead shot eight times on June 23 when a group of rebels stormed his monastery, said Friar Pierbattista Pizzaballa, head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

On Monday disturbing video allegedly capturing Mourad's supposed slaughter in broad daylight among two others in the village of Gassanieh was published online, leading to the Vatican's same-day confirmation of his martyrdom by the hands of jihadists on the 23rd.

Mourad's attackers were said to have killed him for collaborating with President Bashar Assar's regime.

According to The Blaze, a representative of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land told CNSNews.com that Francois Murad had been “killed by eight bullets.”

She said a Franciscan from the Custody had gone to the site – St. Anthony’s Monastery in Ghassanieh – on the day Murad was killed, June 23, and had taken his body for burial later the same day in Knayeh, a village nearby.

“He also took the Catholic religious women of the village who were still in Ghassanieh, in order to find them a place more secured.”

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Catholic priest not among three beheaded on video (New York Daily News)

Was Catholic priest shot 8 times instead of beheaded (The Blaze)

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