Eyewitness describes murder of Catholics in Syrian Christian village



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ABSTRACTEyewitness describes murder of Catholics in Syrian Christian village : News Headlines - Catholic Culture Subscribe Log in CatholicCulture Advanced Search News Commentary Liturgical Year Resource Center About Donate Shop Latest Headlines Most Important Most Popular This Week This Month Archives About CWN On the Culture On the News In Depth Analysis The City Gates Insights Reviews Off the Record Most Popular Archives Today Calendar This Month (Overview) This Season (Overview) Prayers Activities Recipes Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Mission Leadership History Donor Information Boosters Rogues' Gallery Help/FAQ Advertise Contact Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org Eyewitness describes murder of Catholics in Syrian Christian village CWN - September 13, 2013 From Our Store: Misinterpreting Catholicism (eBook) A woman who witnessed the murder of three Catholics in Ma’loula, a Syrian Christian village attacked by jihadist Syrian rebels, provided the Fides news agency with details of their deaths. Patriarch Grégoire III (Loutfi) Laham, the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, presided at their funeral liturgy in Damascus. The rebels entered “many homes of civilians on September 7, destroying and terrorizing people, damaging all the sacred images,” Fides reported. “In one house there were three Greek Catholic men: Mikhael Taalab, his cousin Antoun Taalab, Sarkis el Zakhm, Mikhael’s grandson, and the woman A., their relative, who says what happened.” “The Islamists warned everyone present to convert to Islam,” the report continued. “Sarkis answered clearly, ‘I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me because I am a Christian, do it.’ The young man together with the other two was killed cold bloodedly. The woman was injured and was saved by a miracle, later taken to [a] hospital in Damascus.” Additional sources for this story Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Maalula, land of martyrs: death in odium fidei of the young Sarkis (Fides) Witnesses report desecrations, forced conversion to Islam in Syrian Christian village (CWN, 9/12) An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus: Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation . Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you! Fall Campaign: Progress toward our final 2013 goal ($140,690 to go): $150,000.00 .......