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Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« on: April 07, 2008, 10:45:54 AM »
A Syriac orthodox priest was shot to death Saturday (5-April-2008) morning in a neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

Father Youssef Adel was gunned down and killed in a drive-by shooting in one of Baghdad’s considered safest neighbourhoods Karrada. This barbaric attack took place outside of his house near the St. Peter and Paul Syriac Orthodox church where he presides.

Father Youssef Adel, had once before escaped the Sunni dominant neighbourhood of Dora and the slaughtering of the Christians, at a time when
rebellious Islamic were burning down churches and Christian homes.

Father Youssef Adel and his wife Lamia moved to a considerably safe area called Karradah and became the priest of St. Peter and Paul Syriac Orthodox Church.

But the Christian blood colours the streets of Iraq, and Father Youssef Adel became yet another martyr of the Syriac Orthodox Church. On 9th October 2006 another Syriac Orthodox Priest was kidnapped and beheaded by a terrorist group in Mosul. His name was Father Paulus Iskander Behnam of St. Afrem Church. ( http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,9922.0.html )

Father Youssef Adel was shot down with a silencer, and collapsed in front of his home. Neighbours and Syriac Orthodox from all over the district flocked and cried outside Father Youssef Adel house.

His body was brought to the church of Saint Peter and Paul Syriac Orthodox Church and the funeral was led by the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Baghdad Mor Severius Hawa and Syriac orthodox clergy on Sunday morning.

The Patriarch of Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, H.H Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, condemned this barbaric action and said “We should not surrender to grief but we must look on his departure through the eye of faith and see his pious spirit flying in paradise with the spirits of the martyrs, saints and devout priests.”

Pictures from the funeral can be seen at:
http://www.soku.org/images/AramaicSyriacorthodoxpriestFatherYoussefAdel/index.html

In Christ,
Mathew G M
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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2008, 11:15:45 AM »
Memory eternal to a blessed and brave servant of God and may those who grieving be comforted. Lord have mercy.
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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2008, 01:02:47 PM »
Things keep getting worse.  I never predicted the situation would become as bad as it is now. 

I used to think the Christians most in dire jeopardy and whose situation was by far worse than of those elsewhere in the Middle East were the Palestinians.  How much the situation has changed.
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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2008, 02:22:17 PM »
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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2008, 04:43:38 PM »
Lord have mercy on Your servant, the priest Father Youssef Adel, on his flock and on all his family.
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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2008, 01:08:23 AM »
Memory eternal.  Lord have mercy on the Christians in Iraq.

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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2008, 10:52:32 PM »
Lord have mercy! May his memory be eternal. Holy martyrs Youssef and Paulus, pray to God for us!

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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008, 02:44:36 PM »
Message of condonlence from H.H Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

http://www.syrianchurch.org/Updates/PatriarchCondolence_FrYousef.pdf
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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2008, 04:51:41 PM »
May God bless the soul of Fr. Yousef and extend grace and mercy to those whom he served.

Lord Have mercy...Amen.
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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2008, 05:39:33 PM »
Indeed,
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Re: Another Syriac Orthodox Priest Killed in Iraq
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2008, 06:54:21 PM »
Lord have mercy. Memory eternal.
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