The Syrian Nightmare Continues: Islamist Rebels Target Christians and Churches

A Franciscan priest reports on the situation in Damascus and on the bloody confrontations in the Ghouta district that is in the hands of the jihadists, whose goal is to rid Damascus of its Christians.

Fr. Bahjat Elia Karakach is a Franciscan priest from the Custody of the Holy Land. He is also the superior of the convent of the Conversion of St. Paul that is the main parish of the Latin rite in the Syrian capital.

In an interview relayed by the Italian Catholic press agency SIR on March 2, 2018, the Franciscan reported on the civil war in the country.

In Damascus, the main target of the Muslim extremists – presented as rebels against the legitimate Syrian power – does not seem to be so much the buildings of the Bashar el-Assad administration as the Christian neighborhoods: “Missiles and mortar shells launched by the jihadist militants recently targeted the Christian neighborhood of Bab-Touma, in the old part of Damascus, where many churches and the headquarters of the patriarchate are located,” explained Fr. Karakach.

He added that after several months of bombing, “since the beginning of the year, four churches have been hit by the terrorists who wish to rid Damascus of its Christians.”

The faithful feel abandoned concluded the friar, because no one, “not even the Christian media, talks about what is happening in Damascus.”

Duly noted.


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2 Responses to The Syrian Nightmare Continues: Islamist Rebels Target Christians and Churches

  1. JabbaPapa says:

    The faithful feel abandoned concluded the friar, because no one, “not even the Christian media, talks about what is happening in Damascus.”

    It’s not that nobody’s talking about it ; it’s that those Syrian Christians under attack are not only considered as “the enemy” by all of those orchestrating this war, but it’s because the religious tolerance that constituted the backbone of whatever peace existed in Syria through the Assad régime is something that the fundamentalists on all sides — not just the Islamists of Iran, Turkey, Saudi, Islamic State, but also the secularist fundamentalists, the freemasons, the atheist intelligentsia, the remnant of the hardcore Russian communists, and etc — wish to see utterly destroyed.

    So yes these people are talked about — but they’re vilified as “Assad loyalists”, so that when the so-called “rebels” perpetrate some grotesquely murderous outrage against them, either it’s described as some kind of “triumph” (read the relevant chapters of Nineteen Eighty-Four for context), or more obscenely the victims of these outrages are portrayed as being its perpetrators !!!

    This is a war on Christianity (and more deeply upon the classical ethics and morals of Judeo-Christian philosophy), but it’s being fought on two fronts :

    In the West, through secularist indoctrination and slow erosion of tolerance and religious freedoms, intellectual dessication through the absurdities of the relativist, modernist, Americanist Heresies, that not even those most deeply Faithful are immune from, plus the outright overt attacks on the fundamental principles of ethics and morals and of Faith and Religion as such.

    In the East, more openly Third Reich -like “final solution”, but with killing fields instead of death camps. Mostly 😦 ; because yes, they’ve made death camps too.

    Catholics and Orthodox and the ancient Eastern Christian sects and the orthodox Jews especially are targetted by all of this — because these attacks are Satanic and motivated by hatred for God.


  2. In The Great Religion of Peace, there is no tradition of separation between church (or, in this case, mosque) and state. Could this be part of the problems that are roiling countries where this Great Religion dominates?


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