Monday, 24 June 2013
On Sunday the 23rd of June, the sad news came from Syria: Father François Mourad was killed in the Custody’s monastery, where he had come to seek refuge and offer his assistance. The conditions of his death are not clear. He was apparently alone in the monastery when it was completely pillaged.

Father François was well known in this region to which he retired several years ago to live as a hermit. After completing his novitiate in Rome as a Franciscan of the Custody, he heard a more urgent call from the Lord to lead a contemplative life. He followed this call in Syria, of which he as a citizen. His relationship with the Custody remained strong and he came regularly to one of its monasteries or another to help by replacing an absent friar. “He was always a bit ‘one of us’,” in the words of the Father Custos.

Since the beginning of the war in Syria, he left his hermitage to be with a friar in fragile health and to serve a neighboring community of religious sisters, as well as to seek a bit more security. The tragic circumstances of his death are particularly painful for the Custody.
Source: Custodia.org

Another Franciscan, Father Firas, came from the region of Kanaieh and took away the body to bury it, according to this source. "I would like all the world to know," reacted the regional official of the Franciscans in Syria, "that in supporting the revolutionaries, the West is supporting religious extremists and helping them kill Christians." "With this attitude, there will not be a single Christian left in these areas," he added.
Source: Le Point

Meanwhile, the head of a Papal Agency says Muslims "are people of good will".

The head of a papal agency that gives assistance to Christians in the Near East says local Muslims are largely positive towards their Christian neighbors and even appreciative of their presence.

“The broad majority of Muslims are people of good-will,” Monsignor John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, told CNA June 21.

“Not only are they tolerant of us Christians, they’re even supportive. They value the schools and clinics that we have.”

“We hope that their influence will calm the radicals, or (even) convert the radicals to a more balanced and tolerant approach of peace among all men and women everywhere,” he added.
Source: CNA

2 comments:

Reality Check said...

"I would like all the world to know," reacted the regional official of the Franciscans in Syria, "that in supporting the revolutionaries, the West is supporting religious extremists and helping them kill Christians." "With this attitude, there will not be a single Christian left in these areas," he added.

What a sad statement that is. The West is assisting in the slaughter of Christians in Egypt, all of N. Africa, and now Syria. I believe Jesus would be disgusted with the West, don't you?

As for the majority of Muslims being supportive of the Christians, when the going gets jihading, they too develop jihad syndrome. Few escape the disease Islam.

Maria José said...

IED threat to Britain as fanatic Anjem Choudary recruits vigilante squads

The fanatical cleric is urging his followers to sign up as recruits to the newly-launched Islamic Emergency Defence — which vows to create a network of “task forces” to redress wrongs and mete out instant justice.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4982438/anjem-choudary-muslim-vigiliante-islamic-emergency-defence.html

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