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Greek Orthodox priest abducted in Syria is found dead
LA Times ^ | October 25, 2012

Posted on 10/26/2012 7:14:36 AM PDT by NYer

BEIRUT -- A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian government and the Vatican news service reported Thursday.

The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered  in the Jaramana district  of the capital, reported Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news service. The site was not far from the area where he was kidnapped by an “unidentified armed group" last Friday, the agency said.

The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been “horribly tortured.”

The official Syrian news service said the priest was found with a gunshot wound to his head. The government news agency blamed the crime on “terrorists,” its usual characterization of the armed opposition fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.

According to the official  account, the priest was abducted while seeking the release of another person who had been kidnapped by militants.

But it was not clear if the priest’s slaying was political, sectarian or criminal in nature. Many Syrians have complained of a breakdown in law and order and a spike in kidnapping for ransom and other crimes as security has deteriorated. Opportunistic criminals have moved to take advantage of the nation's security void.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: assassination; christian; christianpersecution; greekorthodox; islam; jihad; martyr; muslim; muslimworld; orthodox; persecution; rop; syria

1 posted on 10/26/2012 7:14:42 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

“Enter, my good and faithful servant.”


2 posted on 10/26/2012 7:16:11 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Just a reminder that NY Cardinal Dolan will soon be heading to Syria. Please keep him and his delegation in your prayers.

Pope sending Cardinal Dolan on peace mission to Syria

3 posted on 10/26/2012 7:16:20 AM PDT by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer

Probably the “Religion of Peace”, but then I am just a dumb Midwesterner who lives in Michele Bacmann’s district, so I am not PC.


4 posted on 10/26/2012 7:17:08 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: NYer

muslims despise Christians


5 posted on 10/26/2012 7:17:08 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: NYer

islamism calling

God, receive the soul of Fr Haddad.


6 posted on 10/26/2012 7:19:38 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Correction, apparently the Vatican has cancelled the peace mission.

Vatican puts off Syria trip because of 'gravity of the situation'

7 posted on 10/26/2012 7:19:45 AM PDT by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer

Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Rev. 2:10)


8 posted on 10/26/2012 7:19:45 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: NYer

Memory eternal.


9 posted on 10/26/2012 7:22:50 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: Gumdrop

Probably the “Religion of Peace”, but then I am just a dumb Midwesterner who lives in Michele Bacmann’s district, so I am not PC.

You forgot to add that you are a bitter clinger....


10 posted on 10/26/2012 7:23:27 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: NYer

All iof these articles hould be required reading in every American civics class.

Islam is the religion of death, hate and brutality and we need to STOP letting anymore of these villains in to the west and DEPORT the rest back to the lands of their philosophical forefathers and lock them in there.


11 posted on 10/26/2012 7:24:40 AM PDT by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: NYer

I believe this priest is Melkite rather than Greek Orthodox as represented by the la times.

Not sure, but I believe the seat of the Melkite church is in Antioch, Syria.

The Melkite’s have maintained communion with Rome.

St Jude is a revered Melkite Saint.

I will say a prayer to St Jude for this priest and a prayer for any papal emissaries entering into Syria.


12 posted on 10/26/2012 7:27:56 AM PDT by hkusp40
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To: NYer

Memory eternal! Memory eternal! Memory eternal!

Holy New-Hieromartyr Fadi pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved!


13 posted on 10/26/2012 7:27:56 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: struggle

That was my first thought too.


14 posted on 10/26/2012 7:30:08 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: NYer

No doubt triggered by a you-tube video.

RIP...


15 posted on 10/26/2012 7:32:52 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: NYer

All ye holy martyrs of God, pray for us!


16 posted on 10/26/2012 7:34:22 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: ZULU

You’d not find a government school teacher who’d ever mention any of this. They know their purpose is indoctrination. They’re liberals and they have our children.

You’ll have to do the educating on your own.


17 posted on 10/26/2012 7:35:20 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: NYer

Given the sexual proclivities and cruelties of Muslim animals, it is likely this poor priest suffered horribly from homosexual violence.


18 posted on 10/26/2012 7:44:55 AM PDT by pallis
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Just one more sad incident proving that we are in a religious war: Islam against ALL other religions and governments. How much more prodding do we need before we take decisive action? (I know, I know... it was really more of a rhetorical question...)


19 posted on 10/26/2012 8:12:52 AM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: 1010RD

The Tea Party and Free Republic should collaborate on a nationwide program to educate school kinds on Saturdays about the realities of history, Islam, and American exceptionalism - and its sources - from Ancient Egypt through Ancient Greece and Rome and on into England with Anglo-Saxon Common Law, Magna Charta, and the Enlightenment.

Its past time Marxist and “multi-cultural” psychobabble was put into the grave of discredited political ideas where it belongs!

I would be MORE than willing to volunteer my services.


20 posted on 10/26/2012 8:21:11 AM PDT by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: NYer

When he is raised up on The Last Day, he will mourn for the souls of his torturers and murderers as they are consigned to Hell.


21 posted on 10/26/2012 9:14:21 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: NYer

Eternal Rest grant unto him, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace.


22 posted on 10/26/2012 9:19:44 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: hkusp40
I believe this priest is Melkite rather than Greek Orthodox as represented by the la times.

Just checked multiple sources and the priest is indeed Orthodox. Christianity, as practiced in the Middle East, often poses these quandaries. I am Roman Catholic but practice my faith in a Maronite Church. Among our parishioners, are Melkites who celebrate with us because there is no Melkite Church in this area. We also have Maronite families that have married Syrian Orthodox christians. They go back and forth between both churches to celebrate major events.


Who is Fr Fadi Haddad, the Priest who was Killed by Terrorists in Qatana?

Father Fadi Jamil Haddad was born in the city of Qatana on February 2, 1969, to zealous Christian parents, Jamil Haddad and Wadia el-Ayn. He studied in schools in Qatana, elementary school at el-Thaura School and middle and high school at Baath Secondary School for Boys.

After obtaining his secondary diploma, he studied at the Saint John of Damascus Theological Institute at Balamand in Lebanon, from which he graduated with good grades in 1994. He married and was ordained deacon in the Maryamiyya Cathedral in Damascus during the celebration of the name's day of His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim.

During the liturgy on July 14, 1995 His Beatitude and Bishop Elias Kfoury, who was the patriarchal vicar and is now metropolitan of Sidon, Tyre, Marjayoun, and Rashaya el-Wadi, laid hands on him, ordaining him to the priesthood.

He took up service in the parish of Qatana as the cornerstone was being laid for the new church by His Beatitude. Father Fadi Haddad was a son of the Qatana parish and participated in the founding of the Orthodox Sunday School there along with other pious sons of the parish and with the help of priests who would come to Qatana, including Father Nicholas Baalbaki and Father Georges Baalbaki.

Terrorists assassinated Father Fadi Haddad, pastor of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Elias in Qatana, some days after his being kidnapped in the new town, Artouz, by a group of armed terrorists.

A source with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus stated that Father Haddad's body was found shot in the head near Drousha on the Damascus-Quneitra highway.

Fadi Haddad was priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Elias in Qatana in the outskirts of Damascus.

One of the residents of the city told Agence France-Presse that the body was found in the town of Drousha, near Qatana and Damascus, indicating that he was murdered.

He stated that the priest was acting as an intermediary for a doctor from Qatana who was kidnapped over ten days ago. He was communicating with the kidnappers, who demanded from the family more than 50 million lira ($700,000) to release him.

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23 posted on 10/26/2012 9:29:57 AM PDT by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: yldstrk

Muslims are jealous of Christians....real Christians are happy, content, loving, enjoying all that life brings including sex.....Muslims are so confined in their little manhood insecurities that they accept others being wistfully happy with life...


24 posted on 10/26/2012 4:32:26 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Gumdrop

how is Michelle doing?.....hope she is ahead and wins....


25 posted on 10/26/2012 4:33:10 PM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry

well, happier, I have to say I am a Christian and I am pretty miserable


26 posted on 10/26/2012 4:46:53 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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Martyr Fadi Jamil Haddad, pray for us sinners.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.


27 posted on 10/26/2012 5:59:56 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: NYer

Satanic islam death cult


28 posted on 10/26/2012 11:46:03 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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