» 07/30/2013, 00.00
SYRIA - VATICAN
Fears over possible kidnap of Jesuit Fr. Dall'Oglio. Damascus Nunciature in shock
In Syria since the 1980s, where he established an Islamo-Christian monastic community, Fr. Paolo dall'Oglio had been expelled by Assad in 2012. He returned occasionally to rebel-controlled Syria where he had friends. News still being verified. The country is in chaos and few see "any light at the end of the tunnel."
Damascus (AsiaNews) - Shock, surprise and caution abound
in the Vatican Nunciature in Damascus following reports - yet to be confirmed -
of the kidnapping of the Jesuit Fr. Paolo dall'Oglio (see photo).
when he is in Syria, we speak over the phone - Nuncio Msgr. Mario Zenari tells
AsiaNews. "So far I haven't heard from him at all. I only learned the news this
morning and I am shocked. We will have to wait to see if it is true" .
Italian Foreign Ministry is also checking the news.
According to some agencies, Fr.
entered Syria through the north, in an area controlled by the rebels and was
kidnapped in Raqqa, by fundamentalist groups, part of the group for the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant, enemies of Assad.
surprised - adds the nuncio - that this happened to him. He is known in those
areas, and enjoys some respect in rebel held areas."
Since 1982, the Roman born Jesuit of 58 has worked for
the restoration of Catholic monastery Mar Musa (Monastery of Saint Moses the
Abyssinian), in the desert north of the Syrian capital, establishing a monastic
community open to dialogue with Islam . At
the outbreak of the so-called "Arab Spring" in Damascus, Fr. Dall'Oglio
took a position that was critical of the Assad regime and so, in 2011, Damascus
decreed his expulsion, which took place later in 2012. Since leaving the Country, Fr. Dall'Oglio
has often returned to the north controlled by the Syrian rebels.
Zenari pushes for caution: "Here in Syria news has often been reported
that has later been proven false or inaccurate, such as the reports of three
monks having been beheaded, they were not monks, or reports of the release of
the two Orthodox bishops, also proven false."
the end - said the nuncio - nothing really surprises us anymore here in Syria,
given the chaos that reigns. Earlier the situation was clear enough, but now is
very complicated and the conflict has become incredibly interwoven. What
is really shocking is the suffering of the poor, human rights violations. We must try to understand the intentions of
all parties involved, how they move, who is behind what, who is most in the right
and who in the wrong and what their main aim is. This is an immense task, and in the meantime
the country is falling apart and we can no longer see a light at the end of the
Msgr. Zenari: prayers in Beirut and Damascus for kidnapped bishops and priests. Fears for their fate
The apostolic nuncio in Syria confirms that "over time fears mount” for the fate of the Orthodox Bishops and Fr. Dall'Oglio. After two years in captivity, there is no news of them. The prelate recalls that "at least 20 thousand people have disappeared" in the country since the beginning of the conflict.
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".
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The monk belongs to the community of Deir Mar Musa, founded by Fr Dall'Oglio. He experienced directly the Syrian civil war and "what it means to really have faith or not,” noting that monks and nuns “discussed every day whether to stay” in Syria or not. “We stayed out of solidarity for our Christian and Muslim friends in al-Nabek,” not to become martyrs. The religious hosted 50 Muslim refugee families, and helped repair 63 Christian homes damaged by the siege of al-Nabek.
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Interview with the Jesuit founder of the Khalil community at Deir Mar Musa, 30 years in the country and engaged in dialogue with Islam, who is likely to be expelled. He took a position in favor of consensus democracy, freedom of expression and national reconciliation.
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