Listen to this amazing Catholic Channel show by Cardinal Dolan interviewing Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart
- 1st Christians to Syria came on Pentecost Sunday.
- 7 centuries before Mohammad, Christians were in Syria
- Newly converted, the Church in Syria baptized Paul!
- Paul came to Damascus with the same intent as ISIS - to persecute Christians and kill as many as possible, and they knew he'd do it.
- When he was Saul, he was a great enemy of the Church. His will was set against killing Christians.
- The Gospel shows three signs of Satan: lies, money, and blood.
- In this war, we see blood, money, and lies, much Christian suffering. Money... from the Arab Spring (research here quantifies it, see pg 5 for ISIS and money) and from kidnapping ransoms ($23 million, for instance, is nothing to sniff at), lies that rebels would bring peace and the lies that hide the stories of the blood of martyrs, so many martyrs, and a dying Church in Syria.
- Media is not showing what is really happening and what is really the problem.
- Diocese of Aleppo, feels committed to continue its presence there. The Archbishop feels the Lord has called him to continue the Church of the first Christians.
- In spite of the tragedy, there is hope. The sands of Syria are irrigated with the blood of martyrs, and this is a new harvest. What has happened with these martyrs. It is not just a story, a symbol. We have seen these martyrs, Coptic martyrs in Libya. Very high price for Faith and faithfulness to Jesus Christ.
- In Maulana, Christians still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus; this is the place of the recent 4 martyrs.
- In Aleppo, Holy Week ceremonies were full; 2,000 people - targets, damaged cathedral, they came anyways.
- Wrote a letter to Pope Francis, so blessed that the Holy Father acted, called for prayer and fasting to stop this, and implored the US and others to strike Syria and Libya.
- My mind, culture, the culture of the world cannot support this. It may be acceptable, possible 10 centuries ago, 5 centuries ago, but now? Mass murder, the world is open, and no one speaks on behalf of these mass murders.
- 2 Archbishops have been kidnapped. Bishops have always been at the service of citizens. Never have taken a political position or criticized anyone.
- We do not hate ISIS. Christ told us not to have enemies, but they are our persecutors. We have many Muslim friends helping us, even the Sunnis. The Mufti of Syria asked what he can do for Archbishop Jeanbart. Sunni leaders asked if he needs a mosque to pray, give them the prayer. He has had many offers of love and generosity from Assyrians.
- ISIS sent by other countries to destroy Christians (also documented in this article)
Pray to St. Paul!
May the Saint whose heart was turned when he heard the voice of God, also pray that God may turn the hearts of ISIS, who are set on destroying Christians in Syria and in all the places in the world where they hold influence.
St. Paul, pray for us. Pray for ISIS.