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Catholics caught in crossfire as Libyan violence continues (Franciscan friars barricaded in convent)
cna ^ | August 23, 2011

Posted on 08/24/2011 12:37:35 PM PDT by NYer

Tripoli, Libya, Aug 23, 2011 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Libya's conflict rages on between rebel forces and troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, Catholics in the capital city of Tripoli are seeking protection. 

“Currently there are three Franciscan friars barricaded in the convent in Tripoli,” a source told the Vatican-based Fides news on Aug. 23. “No one dares to walk in the street because people are shot on sight, even if it is not clear who shoots who.”

The fighting in Libya has continued for around six months and is being waged by the rebel Transitional Authority—which is being supported by NATO forces—and troops loyal to the country’s longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The rebels began their attack on the capital Aug. 19. 

“Currently, the phone lines are cut and one cannot contact the monks,” the Fides source, who requested anonymity, added. “From the latest communications we were told that on the night between August 21 and 22 there were shootings outside the convent.”

The heaviest conflict, however, has been around the fortified area of Bab al-Azizy, Gadhafi's residence in Tripoli.

“Fighting and gun firing still continue. It is a disaster. We do not know how the situation is evolving because leaving the house means risking one’s life,” the source said.

Meanwhile, the situation of the Catholic community in Benghazi appears to be better, with the Church  continuing to regularly carry out its pastoral activities.

“There have not been particular difficulties encountered in the pastoral ministry with the new authorities. Only in March-April there were problems concerning public order, but now the transition authorities have gradually taken over the situation,” another unnamed source told Fides.

Over the last several months, Catholic priests and religious in the country have been weathering the violence. Many religious sisters work in hospitals and are working overtime with casualties from the conflicts.

In an interview with CNA on Feb. 24, Bishop Sylvester Magro, Apostolic Vicar of Benghazi, said that the principal concern of the Catholic Church “is to be close to the sick and suffering, so our contribution to the events is invaluable because of our closeness to the people.”

He said that the Catholic population shares the fate of “everybody else,” at this point.

Bishop Magro helps oversee the two apostolic vicariates that coordinate Church activities in the western capital of Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

To serve the large and varied immigrant communities, Masses are held at least once a week for around 10 different groups divided up by nationality or language.

Masses for Koreans, Indians, Eritreans and Filipinos are interspersed among those given in English, Italian, French, Polish and Arabic. Parish activities are still largely overseen by Franciscan priests. In a number of cities and towns, but in particular in Tripoli and Benghazi, religious communities are also present.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer
KEYWORDS: benghazi; bishopmagro; catholic; franciscans; libya; moammargadhafi; tripoli

1 posted on 08/24/2011 12:37:42 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 08/24/2011 12:38:19 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Godspeed, guys.

3 posted on 08/24/2011 12:41:24 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: NYer
According to MSM and NATO Rats control Tripoli and fighting is only in the "pockets". It seems that pocket is Tripoli-sized.

Now even those not versed in sifting lies from the truth from unreliable sources (MSM/NATO) can figure out that AQ rats control nothing. They will be exterminated in the next 48 hours. This will be perhaps called "Genocide" by NATO, MSM and other assorted scum.

I am eager to see how MSM will backpedal from the claim that NATO's AQ infantry controls Tripoli.

4 posted on 08/24/2011 1:13:09 PM PDT by DTA (U.S. Centcom vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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Libya was a country where Catholics could safely live. Now, I wonder who is going around shooting them? I’d say it’s a fair guess that it’s the “rebels.” And it’s not all that accidental, either.

5 posted on 08/24/2011 1:34:46 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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No accident, indeed. The Catholic institutes in Benghazi seem afraid to even report on their situation.

6 posted on 08/24/2011 2:55:51 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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There is much lying about the situation in Syria, as well. Even the very biased mainstream news now admits that “some” of the protesters are armed Islamic militants come in from Iraq.

They sound real nice.

Syrian Christians have informed me that if the govt falls, there will barely be a Christian left with their life and property.

7 posted on 08/24/2011 3:03:17 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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I am not familiar with the situation in Syria but what you say makes perfect sense. All Christian communities in ME are under attack owing to the joint UKUSA-Islamofascist front.

Christians from Iraq are almost gone after "liberation" of Iraq. Open season on Christians in Egypt after Mubarak fall. The same will happen in Libya. The doors of Caliphate are wide open.

8 posted on 08/24/2011 5:17:04 PM PDT by DTA (U.S. Centcom vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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