Franciscans in Holy Land decide to remain in place in areas controlled by ISIL, despite dangers

Many of the churches and pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land are entrusted to the Franciscans. After serious and prayerful consideration the leadership and members of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land have decided to remain in place in some areas of Syria controlled by ISIL, despite the dangers, because of the need to support and care for the Christians who remain there as well.