Catholic Online today posted what it says is video of Syrian terrorists beheading a Catholic priest they accused of conspiring with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Vatican confirmed that Father Francois Murad was killed June 23 in an attack on a monastery in Gassanieh, in northern Syria.

Just a week before the attack, Sen. Cruz had zinged the administration in a tweet asking “if President Obama intends to perform background checks on the Syrian rebels before providing them weapons.” Cruz’ Facebook post tonight read:

Prayers for Father Francois Murad, beheaded by al Qaida jihadists in Syria. A grim reminder of why we should not give arms to these people, and why it is so important they do not gain access to Assad’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Continued prayers for for the two bishops kidnapped in April and for all of the Christians suffering or under threat in that country.

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