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Maronite Archbishop of Damascus: It is an Apocalypse, we Await the Resurrection

Damascus (Agenzia Fides) – “One lives an apocalypse in Damascus, and we hope with all our heart, mind and strength, that resurrection may soon arrive”: is what is said in a message sent to Fides Agency by His Exc. Mgr. Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus.

In the dramatic testimony sent to Fides, the Archbishop said: “Since Tuesday fighting has been raging in Damascus with heavy weapons, tanks and helicopters, in a city full of civilians. The destruction is enormous. What an ordeal!

The clashes are taking place in the streets and moving from one district to another. I cannot sleep for fear and for the noise of bombs and gunfire. The temperature is above 40 ° and often there are power outages. There is insufficient supply in many areas, we are short of bread, vegetables, cooking gas and fuel for the furnaces. The population is terrified and does not know where to take shelter. The roads to Jordan, Iraq, to Aleppo and the north area of Homs are closed. You see a long snake of people fleeing on the road to Lebanon: an exodus that occurs in the general panic.” Turning to the displaced of Damascus, the Archbishop says: “I hope you find a home, remembering that in the past, the Syrians welcomed the Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqis refugees.”

Mgr. Nassar continues: “the few faithful who had the courage to come to Mass lit many candles at the tomb of the Blessed Martyrs of Damascus. They exchanged greetings and tears, in fear of seeing each other for the last time, before returning home between gunfire and explosions.” The violence that has torn the other cities of Syria had been spared in Damascus: “Now it is our turn to suffer and die. We have just built a shelter under the stairs, to escape the bombs and the cellars of the parish have been cleared up. It is an apocalypse: we hope that resurrection arrives soon, after much suffering.”

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One thought on “Maronite Archbishop of Damascus: It is an Apocalypse, we Await the Resurrection

  1. God Bless Archbishop Nassar and the Christian community of Damascus. They are an example of what we Christians have to expect in life and how to deal with it- Having the courage to confront suffering and death, and having hope in the resurrection.

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