Aramaic Syriac orthodox priest shot dead in Baghdad
Aramaic Syriac orthodox priest was shot to death yesterday Saturday
morning in a neighbourhood of the 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.
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.
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 west Aramaic Syriac Orthodox Priest
was kidnapped and beheaded by a terrorist group in Mosul. His name was
Paulus Iskander Behnam of St. Afrem Church.
Youssef Adel was shot down with a silencer, and collapsed in front of
his home. Neighbours and arameans (syriacs) from all over the district
flocked and cried outside father Youssef Adel house.
His was brought to the church
of Saint Peter and Paul Syriac Orthodox Church and the funeral was led
by the Archbishop of Baghdad Severius Hawa and Syriac orthodox clergy on
The Patriarch of Syriac
Orthodox Church of Antioch, 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
Pope Benedict XVI expressed his
sorrow over the killing of this Aramaic Syriac orthodox priest and urged
for an end to the violence in Iraq.