Michel Kilo to Pope Benedict XVI: Extend your hand in the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Most Holy Father,

I would like to address you in the name of God, who is known in Islam as the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Your Holiness, I am not a believer in all what religions have brought, but I do think that they have preserved the existence of human and therefore humankind when they sanctified human life and preached that human was created after the image and paragon of his Creator, who is the epitome of sanctity itself. In my opinion, the greatest message of all heavenly religions is the preservation of life. Without this message, this humanity, which we see today, would not have existed; we would not have lived to enjoy its achievements and creativity, and we would not have been creatures brimming with faults and defects; yet possessing a sacred thing, that is, their lives, which their Creator has bestowed upon them.  He overlooks their many stupidities and mistakes because He is Most Gracious, Most Merciful. استمر في القراءة

Rumor Has It: Christians and Sectarianism in “Fides” Declarations

Nebrass Shahid



            His Exc. Mgr. Mario Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, in response to the declarations issued by Agenzia Fides, the official Vatican news agency (See Fides 21/03/2012), and in indirect renunciation of the earlier claims of sister Agnes-Mariam of the Cross and others, confirmed to Adnkronos International (AKI), an Italian independent news agency, that the city of Homs is not subject to ethnic cleansing. In this context, the Nuncio exalted the efforts of whoever stayed in Homs from the people of the Christian neighborhoods to aid the arriving displaced Homsi Syrians from other neighborhoods. As for the Faruq Brigade, in their proclamation released on 22/03/2012, they denied Fides’s accusations that the Brigade is correlated to al-Qaeda, and that it is responsible for the displacement of 90 percent of the Christians of Homs. استمر في القراءة

Les chrétiens de la Syrie et le régime en pouvoir

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La Syrie et le régime en pouvoir

      La Syrie est une des pays du Proche Orient dont la population s’élève à des 20 millions d’habitants, gouvernés par le parti Baath depuis 1963, et par la famille El Assad depuis 1970. Il s’agit d’un régime totalitaire, dictatorial, qui consacre le centralisation du pouvoir entre les moins des membres d’une éthnie religieuse représentant environ 10%, des habitants du pays, qui sont les Alaouites. Ceci constitue un exemple claire de l’oligarchie.

Pour bien éxercer un contrôle stricte des affaires du pays, plusieurs appareils de sécurité ont été créés, jouissant de autorisations indéterminés, ces appareils tiennent concurrence entre eux pour jouir de la satisfaction du président.

Parmi ces appareils citons : la Sécurité de L’Etat, la Sécurité Politique, Le Service Général des Renseignements , les Renseignements Militaires, Les Renseignements des Forces aériennes ….

Le régime au pouvoir à imposé la loi d’urgence le long de 40 années ; cette loi facilite, et réglemente les violations des droits de l’homme et du citoyen, et elle est toujours en vigueur jusqu’à présent  bien qu’elle a été théoriquement annulée depuis des mois.

Il s’agit d’un régime militaire ne savant que la violence et les chantages comme moyen pour traiter avec autrui, peuple ou pays. Les dérnières années et décennies sont témoins d’innombrables violations quantitatives et qualitatives des droits élémentaires de l’homme: poursuite, violation de la vie privée, arrestations, torture systématiques, massacres à Palmyre, à Alep et à Hama.

La déclenchement de la révolution syrienne.

     Il y a presque un an, une importante masse du peuple syrien s’est révoltée en voyant l’exemple en Tunisie, en Egypte puis en Libye, brisant le barrière de la peur dans un pays qui fut surnomme « Le royaume du mutisme ». Sa révolte a trouvé une violente suppression qui a dépassé les limites. Une suppression qui est arrivée à bombarder les quartiers peuples par les chars, les mortiers et les missiles.

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The Revolution and the Christians in Syria

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Early March 2012

Syria and the Regime

          Syria is a Middle-Eastern country, with a population of more than 20 million, ruled by Al Baath party since 1963 and by Al Assad family since 1970 [1]. The regime is a totalitarian dictatorship whose power is concentrated in power centres controlled mainly by Alawites, a religious sect constituting about 10% of the population; a clear example of oligarchy. To ensure a strict control over the country, security bodies with sweeping powers were established and supported. These bodies are in continuous state of competition among each other to gain the content of the President. Some of these bodies are: State Security, Political Security, General Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Air Forces Intelligence, etc. For more than four decades, the regime has also enforced ‘emergency law’ – a law that facilitates and legalises the violation of Human Rights. In practice, it is still applied though it has been, theoretically, cancelled several months ago.

          It is a security-oriented military regime that knows nothing but violence and bargaining as means of communicating with others: people and countries. Past years and decades witnessed so many extreme violations of basic human rights, in quantity and in quality: surveillance, privacy violation, detentions, systematic torture, Tadmur massacre, Aleppo massacre, Hamah massacre [2], etc.

The Outbreak of the Syrian Revolution

          About a year ago the Syrian people started their uprising encouraged by what they witnessed in Tunisia, Egypt and later Libya, breaking the ‘barrier of fear’ in a country which was called the ‘Kingdom of Silence’. The revolution was encountered by extreme repression that crossed many lines which mounted, nowadays, to shelling populated areas with mortars, tank artilleries, and ground missiles. The casualties, currently, have reached 8,000 in addition to tens of thousands of wounded and a lot more detainees. The worst consequence of this extreme violence and crackdown is the shift of a considerable part of the uprising to a poorly organised armed rebellion, after they have adapted and were committed, for several months, to a peaceful struggle as well as the spread of a negative Islamic tendency, especially among the armed rebels as a result of all their disappointments with ongoing extreme suppression and the inability of the political efforts of the international community and the outside opposition to put an end to their suffering.

The Attitude of Christians

          Statistics estimated the Syrian Christians to be between 5-10% of the population, divided into several churches: Eastern Orthodox, the majority, Eastern Catholic and limited numbers of Latin and Anglican churches. The majority of the Christians back the current regime in spite of what has taken place and is currently taking place. Only a minority of Christians stand on the other side and support the rebels in their demands and take part in their struggle especially the peaceful one.

          Those who support the regime have different motives. Some have Islam-phobia – Islam here is exclusively the Sunni Islam [3]. Others, mainly the youth, have been brought up and their awareness of their country was formed while Bashar Al Assad was in power. They were impressed by the image in which this president was presented: young, modern, open-minded, studied in the west, has a beautiful and active wife, etc. The attitude of this group of Christians was a result of their ignorance of the true history of Syria. The history that has been taught to them in schools and universities through official curricula, shows that the history of Syria has almost started with Al Baath party and Al Assad family. Moreover, there are Christian supporters, mainly businessmen who back the regime for financial benefits.

          Finally, part of the group known as ‘greyish’ or ‘sitting-on-the-fence’ that includes a considerable number of intellectual Christians who declare their neutrality in the current struggle as they cannot justify the brutality of regime’s actions, but at the same time, they secretly support it for different reasons, some of which are stated above.

          On the other hand, there is a minority of Christians who stand with the uprising against the regime. Most of them have never been known as being politically organised or committed. They are generally educated people and most of them are seculars. Moreover, a good number of them do not hide being atheists or agnostics, though they are considered ‘socially’ Christians.

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