Posted by: Fr Chris | January 16, 2014

First Called Christians in Antioch


Altar and Tabernacle wrecked and defaced with jihadist graffiti, Saddad town, Syria


Acts 11:26 tells us that Jesus’ followers were first called Christians in Antioch, Syria. Despite 1,373 years of Islamic rule, Syria still has 1.8 million Christians citizens. “Has” now refers to passport holders as towns that have been Christian since Roman times are overrun by jihadists who kill, loot, and rape the “infidel.” Over 500,000 are homeless, and over 1,200 have died in documented Islamic executions.

That jihadists and Hezbollah would come was predicted when the first democracy protests took place in 2011. Three  years later, France is trying to get a resolution of the bloody situation and the rest of the so-called Great Powers dither. We worry about chemicals being removed, but apparently not about the over 125,000 Muslim and Christian people who have been brutally killed in their homeland, often in their homes! And read below what happened to two Catholic men in a private car:

Barrel bomb raids on Aleppo

Barrel Bombs dropped from Army helicopters on Aleppo, once the business capital

Homs (Agenzia Fides) – Islamist groups have killed and beheaded a young Christian man, seriously wounding another. The incident, which occurred on 8 January, was reported to Fides only now by a priest in the diocese of Homs. The two, Firas Nader (29), and Fadi Matanius Mattah (34), were traveling by car from Homs to the Christian village of Marmarita. A group of five armed jihadists intercepted the vehicle and opened fire on the car. Upon reaching the car, militiamen, noting that Fadi was wearing a cross around his neck, beheaded him. They then took money and documents, leaving Firas on the ground wounded, believing he was already dead. Firas instead managed to escape, reaching the town of Almshtaeih on foot and was then transferred to the hospital in Tartou. Some of the faithful were able to recover the body of Mattah, bringing him to Marmarita, where the local Christian community expressed strong indignation for the horrible act carried out.

According to a statement sent to Fides by Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN), violence against Christians in Syria, is becoming “one of the worst persecutions endured by Christians in this part of the third millennium”. According to the latest reports, more than 600,000 Christians – a third of the total Syrian faithful – are internally displaced or living as refugees in neighboring countries. Christian leaders confirm the massive exodus of Christians from Syria, which could seriously jeopardize the future of Christians in the nation.
As ACN in Homs highlights, Marmarita and Hamat, the Syrian population, which includes many Christians, live in severe discomfort and without food, heating, shelter and medicine because of the bitter cold weather that has worsened the humanitarian crisis which exists due to the conflict. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 16/01/2014)


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And pray to Our Lady of Soufanieh for peace!!

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