Syrian family’s journey from Isis jail to audience with the pope

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Syrian Catholic Martin Tamras and his sons were held for ransom for a year by Isis

Sitting in the hushed and ornately gilded lounge of a Rome hotel, Carolyn Tamras perches on the edge of a well-stuffed pink velvet sofa. For three days last year, says Carolyn, she sat “like this”, leaning forward and wrapping her arms around her knees, head bent, gently rocking. “Then I thought, I am no use to my family like this. This is my challenge.”

It is her husband Martin’s 49th birthday and the couple can scarcely believe that he has just been wished many happy returns by Pope Francis in a private audience. They are still glowing from the experience, as any fellow Catholics would be. But there is a unique dimension to their joy: on this date last year Martin and their three children were being held in an Islamic State torture centre. He was wearing an orange jumpsuit and waiting to be killed, having seen his cousin and two other men put to death in front of him.

Syria is not unique. This is universal. What is important is how you confront it

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