ROME — As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as a monk was killed during a raid on a monastery in the north of the country on June 23.
Father Francois Mourad died at the Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony of Padua in a village near Jisr Ash-Shughur. The town had been under attack by Islamist rebels for a few weeks, and local Christians sought refuge in the monastery.
Catholic News Agency spoke with another priest, who is from Aleppo, on June 18, who said, “I try to live this war with the people, not abandon them.”
The Syrian conflict has dragged on for 27 months, since demonstrations sprang up nationwide on...READ MORE