Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I hope this email finds you in peace and health.
I am writing you from Damascus , where I am attending the Holy Synod meetings. This evening, we were shocked with very sad news from Mousel , Iraq . Our priest Father Boulos Iskander was killed by shooting. Three days ago he was kidnapped by a fanatic group as consequences of H.H. Pope Benedict's recent speech. They forced the community in Mousel to write 30 large posters denying what His Holiness had cited in respect with Mohammad, the prophet of Islam. Although their request was done, the fanatics killed the priest. The Bishop of Mousel H.G. Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun received the tragedy news during the evening session of the Holy Synod. He immediately left the meetings returning to Mousel to be with the faithful at this very difficult time.
I wanted to share this news with you in order to covey to you the image of the hard time Christians are facing in the region.
I kindly ask you to mention the martyr Father Boulos Iskander in your prayers.
Please include all our churches, especially in Iraq , in your prayers.
Eustathius Matta Roham,
Archbishop of Jazirah & Euphrates
Syriac Orthodox Archbishopric
Thomas Daniel (Reji)http://socmnet.org