Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/16/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Assassination of Syrian priest casts pall over faithful

The assassination of Dutch Jesuit Fr. Frans van der Lugt, shot to death by an unknown assailant at his base in Homs, Syria on April 7 has cast a pall for the faithful here. Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus says that Syrian Christians face a seemingly endless Way of the Cross, with many suffering and dying in silence.

Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus says that Syrian Christians face a seemingly endless Way of the Cross, with many suffering and dying in silence.

Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus says that Syrian Christians face a seemingly endless Way of the Cross, with many suffering and dying in silence.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/16/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syria, Christians, David Cameron, murder, Fr. Frans van der Lugt


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One of the oldest Christian communities in the world is facing one of the most challenging Holy Weeks in its history. "This Holy Week was introduced by the murder of Fr. Frans from Homs in the fourth year of war and violence. Shells raining down on our neighborhoods, schools closed, we cannot give an account of the victims. We are abandoned to Providence," Nassar says.

"This small Syrian people, so kind, generous and patient, have become accustomed to suffering and die in silence. It is in this spirit that we live Holy Week and Easter holidays, knowing that the Way of the Cross . has marked our lives for three years, accompanies the fourth year . The end of the tunnel is invisible."

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron said that the British Government should stand up against the persecution of Christians abroad.

"I hope we can do more to raise the profile of the persecution of Christians around the world. It is the case today that our religion is now the most persecuted religion around the world. I think Britain can play a leading role in this," Cameron said at a reception on Downing Street. It marked the first time Cameron spoke up on the issue of Christian persecution.

"We have met our obligations in terms of the aid we give to countries around the world," he said. "We're seen as a country, which is engaged internationally, and I know that [the Foreign Secretary] William Hague shares my view about this as does Sayeeda Warsi who leads on this issue in the Foreign Office. We should stand up against persecution of Christians and other religious groups wherever and whenever we can, and should be unashamed in doing so."

Cameron also referred to his recent trip to the Holy Land. "I'm proud this year to have completed a small pilgrimage, which is I have finally made it to the place where our Savior was both crucified and born."

In the meantime the investigation into Lugt's murder continues. One theory is that the murder was carried out by a hardline rebel group, called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. It's suspected that the group retaliated against the evacuation of an elderly Christian woman, a blind Sunni man and 21 young rebels from Homs.

A new campaign is seeking to include a prayer for persecuted Christians at the end of every Sunday Mass. Church officials are said to be "extremely interested" in the idea.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Middle East

Jerusalem bishop's insights on peacemaking in the Holy Land Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

Recently I emailed questions to the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop William Shomali, asking him to share his first-hand insights regarding the many injustices and violent environment in the land of the Prince of Peace. He graciously sent ... continue reading


Angelic, blonde child featured as child executioner in terrifying new ISIS video (WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT) Watch

Image of ISIS has a new executioner.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A new propaganda video features a young blonde boy executing a prisoner in Iraq. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 15-minute video, like so many before it, has been deeply edited to give multiple angles as prisoners are beheaded, features footage of bombs ... continue reading


Is THIS the actual tomb of Christ's FAMILY? Watch

Image of The Talpiot Tomb was discovered in east Jerusalem in 1980.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A geologist claims to have new proof that a controversial discovery in Jerusalem is linked to Jesus Christ. The controversy surrounds Talpiot Tomb, which was discovered in 1980 with nine boxes alleged to belong to people closely associated with Jesus. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


'That is the love of God in Christ:' Humanitarian group feeds ISIS MEMBERS outside Fallujah Watch

Image of Christians, Muslims and non-believers join together to offer food and water to ISIS militants (Preemptive Love).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In what is arguably the most righteous act any Christian can ever bestow upon another person, one organization has decided to help survivors of the Syrian Civil war and ISIS devastation - including confirmed militants. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Christian ... continue reading


Why is Tom Cruise featured in ISIS' in 'worst ever video'? (WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES) Watch

Image of Tom Cruise shown in ISIS video.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A bizarre video released by the Islamic State features Muslim celebrations for their holy festival Eid al-Adha. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The shocking footage featured clips from Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.The camera focuses on horrific ... continue reading


'The U.S. government was pretty much blind' - How 9/11 impacted Iraqi Christians Watch

Image of Iraqi Christians need help.

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

On the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center terror attacks, we shouldn't overlook how Middle Eastern Christians have suffered from the unintended consequences of U.S. post-9/11 foreign policy, says one expert. Washington D.C. (Catholic Online) - "The U.S. ... continue reading


Genocide and persecution: What's next for Iraq's Christians? Watch

Image of What will happen to Iraq's Christians?

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

After the United States has declared that genocide is taking place against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq, what is the next step for genocide victims displaced from their homes? Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Together, we will advocate for the ... continue reading


Obama LIED, actually gave our sworn enemy Iran $1.7 BILLION in cash Watch

Image of Why is Obama paying cash to our enemy?

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Obama administration has revealed they paid Iran $1.7 billion at the same time Iran released four American hostages. Previously, the administration only admitted to paying $400 million. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The Obama administration has admitted ... continue reading


Women celebrate ISIS-sanctioned burka ban Watch

Image of Burkas banned by ISIS.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A new burka ban has left women burning the coverings and celebrating their liberation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - <a ... continue reading


Drugs, contraceptives and dog bowls discovered in horrific ISIS sex slave prison (WARNING: DISTURBING FOOTAGE) Watch

Image of Horrific prison cells for ISIS' female sex slaves revealed.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Syrian rebel fighters have uncovered what they believe is an abandoned prison used by ISIS to torture sex slaves. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The video revealed ten small rooms with worn pillows, cushions and blankets.The walls have writing and much of the site ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
1 In the end it was Job who broke the silence and cursed the day of his ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8
2 may my prayer reach your presence, hear my cry for help.3 ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:51-56
51 Now it happened that as the time drew near for him to be taken up, he ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 27th, 2016 Image

St. Vincent de Paul
September 27: St. Vincent de Paul was born to a poor peasant ... Read More