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Robbery at Deir Mar Musa

Houla, 29. May 2012

Mariyam al-Aadhra Church, Sulaymaniya-Iraq, 29 May 2012
Last Friday and Saturday, I watched with complete bewilderment the news. I asked myself sincerely if this is the same country that I have known for nineteen years and in which I lived ten years. Was it really the same country I left some months ago for my new mission here in Kurdish Iraq.
I have known Syria as a country with friendly people who love to drink tea or maté with each other, the land of profoundly religious persons who deeply respect the religion of their neighbors.

To our dear friends on the occasion of Easter 2012


Translation from Arabic

Easter comes after a year of untold suffering, unpredictable and unimaginable for most of us. Unfortunately, what we wrote on the same occasion a year ago still applies to the current situation of our unhappy country. At that time, we had expressed our solidarity with the victims of the conflict and our participation in the expectation of those who were hoping for a deep reform of Syria without falling into the logic of violence, and fearing the explosion of civil war and loss of national unity. Misfortune has reached us and we fear the worst.

Interview by Victor Edwin SJ


Mar Musa or Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi literally The Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian is a monastic community Syriac Catholic rite, situated near the town of Nabk, approximately 80 kilometers north of Damascus. Paolo Dall’Oglio SJ is the leader of this community and Sebastien Duhaut is an inmate of the monastery. Both Paolo and Sebastien tell Victor Edwin SJ about the present situation in Syria for Jivan. Read interview...

Appello di Natale 2011

Appello di Natale 2011

Quanto speriamo che i Pastori siriani vogliano rivolgere
ai loro fedeli cristiani
e a tutti i loro connazionali di buona volontà e sicura speranza

(traduzione dall’arabo)


Symbol for WeekofFast 2011-09-23Carissimi, pace, carità, solidarietà e riconciliazione dal Redentore.

C’è parso opportuno di scrivervi a proposito del servizio della riconciliazione che consideriamo come un nostro dovere sacro e come parte essenziale del nostro carisma. Riteniamo di non avere il diritto, nel trattare l’attuale penosa situazione, di adottare dei progetti non evangelici e di distanziarci, per qualunque motivo, dalle scelte morali del nostro Messia, dalle posizioni della sua Madre purissima e dalle tradizioni degli apostoli e dei discepoli nella Chiesa primitiva.

Christmas call 2011

Christmas call 2011

That the pastors, we hope, will share with their Christian folks and with all Syrians of good will and sound hope.

(translation from Arabic)


Symbol for WeekofFast 2011-09-23

Dear brothers and sisters,

Peace, love, solidarity and reconciliation, from our Savior,

We deemed appropriate to write you about the service of reconciliation, because we consider it part of our sacred duty and charisma. We retain that, in the treatment of the current tragic situation, adopting any non-evangelical project or trespassing, for any reason, the ethnics of our Messiah, or the positions of his most pure Mother, or the tradition of the disciples and apostles in the original church, is forbidden to us.

Week of spiritual jihad for reconciliation: PRESS RELEASE 01/10/2011


Press release in conclusion of the 1 october 2010 about the

Week of spiritual jihad, through fasting, prayer

and sakina (God-inspired peace of the soul)

for reconciliation between the children of Mother Syria

at the monastery of Mar Musa al-Habashi


Monks and nuns of the monastery dedicated themselves, with friends and a number of visitors from the vast Syrian mosaic, to fast and prayer. We met daily in the church to read the Gospel, recite the Quran and meditate on a selection of texts about non-violent activism for reform, through forgiveness, through a dialogue based on brotherly reciprocal listening, through the acceptance of difference without conditions. A large number of friends (people and organizations) from around the world joined us in spirit, which made us feel deeply in communion and unity before God.


Symbol for WeekofFast 2011-09-23

Llamada a una semana de “jihad” espiritual, mediante el ayuno, la oración y la sakina, del Viernes 23 al viernes 30 de septiembre

Symbol for WeekofFast 2011-09-23



Llamada a una semana de “jihad” espiritual, mediante el ayuno, la oración y la sakina (paz del alma inspirada por Dios), a favor de la reconciliación entre los hijos de Siria nuestra madre, en el monasterio de Der Mar Musa el Habashi. Montaña de Nebek, del Viernes 23 al viernes 30 de septiembre.

El Papa ha dicho a propósito de la situación en Siria, el pasado 7 de Agosto: “Sigo con una viva preocupación los dramáticos y crecientes episodios de violencia en Siria, que han provocado numerosas víctimas y grandes sufrimientos. Invito a los fideles católicos a rezar, para que el esfuerzo por la reconciliación prevalezca sobre la división y el rencor. Renuevo además, una llamada urgente a las autoridades y a la población siria,para que se restablezca lo más rápido posible la coexistencia pacífica y que se responda de manera adecuada a las aspiraciones legítimas de los ciudadanos, en el respecto de su dignidad y por el bien de la estabilidad en la región”


La Comunidad de Mar Musa, en las montañas de Nebek, tiene la intención de consagrar ocho días de ayuno, de oración y de sakina, para suplicar al Dios Altísimo, Padre de misericordias, en favor de la reconciliación entre los ciudadanos sobre la base de una elección común por la no violencia; como único método que pueda garantizar un reforma duradera, sin degenerar hacia una guerra civil y el círculo vicioso de la venganza.

Call for a week of spiritual jihad, through fasting, prayer and sakina for reconciliation from Friday 23d to Friday 30th September 2011

Symbol for WeekofFast 2011-09-23


Call for a week of spiritual jihad, through fasting, prayer

and sakina (God-inspired peace of the soul)

for reconciliation between the children of Mother Syria

at the monastery of Mar Musa al-Habashi, in the mountain of Nebek

from Friday 23d to Friday 30th September 2011


The Pope said about the situation in Syria on Sunday, 7 August 2011: "I follow with great concern the dramatic and increasing episodes of violence in Syria, which caused many casualties and great suffering. I invite the Catholic faithful to pray, for the efforts for reconciliation to prevail on division and resentment. Moreover, I insistently ask the authorities and the Syrian people to restore as quickly as possible peaceful coexistence, and to respond adequately to the legitimate aspirations of the citizens while respecting their dignity, for the sake of stability in the region. "


The Community of Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi in the mountain of Nebek wishes to dedicate eight days to fasting, prayer and sakina for imploring of God Almighty, Father of All Mercy, reconciliation between citizens, on the basis of a common option for non-violence as the only method able to ensure sustainable reform and to avoid the slide into civil war and the vicious circle of revenge.


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