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‘Disease has captured us,’ says Jesuit priest in Homs

By on Friday, 27 September 2013

Man walks along battered street in Homs, Syria

Man walks along battered street in Homs, Syria

A Dutch Jesuit in the besieged Syrian city of Homs said those who remain are facing shortages of food and fuel — even abandoned homes have no food left.

Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt wrote in a letter released by the Catholic chairty, Aid to the Church in Need: “Disease has captured some of us and is knocking on the door of others.”

He wrote: “No food has entered our besieged region for more than 15 months. For months we were able to rely on local warehouses, but these are now empty.

“We are surviving on what little food remains in our homes, but we will be reduced to soon only find bulgur wheat, and then soon that will be gone, too. We thank God that each and everyone one of use still gets 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of flour a week, but we do not know how long this supply will remain available.”

Father van der Lugt said if people knew how long the siege would last, “we could organize our affairs and calculate the expense for food use.”

He also anticipated that during the winter, residents would “suffer from hunger, cold, lack of electricity and water.”

“How can we heat a room and, if we find food, how will we manage to cook it?” he asked, noting the shortages of oil and gas. He also noted that wood supplies were dwindling: “Many abandoned homes are without windows and doors. They are even without furniture.”

Government forces have recaptured much of Homs, but about 3,000 people are estimated to remain in the besieged part of the city still under rebel control. Aid to the Church in Need said few than 100 Christians – mostly elderly, remained among them.

Father van der Lugt said those who remain faced deteriorating health, including weakness and fatigue due to lack of food. He said their movements were restricted to an area about the size of 247 acres, “and there is no way to escape from the eyes of the people who are besieging us.”

However, he said, “there is an atmosphere of love, openness and interaction, and those of us who remain feel that we are one group.”

“Each one of us needs to do more and more to help each other,” he said. “A person has to pay much attention to the needs of another, to the point of forgetting one’s own needs.”

  • Agnus

    This is well worth watching by Michael Voris. If you ever wanted to know the real reason for the anti-Clerical wars of the 20th Century.

    It explains the Holy Virgins prophecies to “bodily incorrupt” Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in the 500 years ago.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86GrvQRThSk

  • Benedict Carter

    One of his very best efforts this one. Explains all that needs explaining. Thanks Agnus!

  • Agnus

    Thanks Benedict!

    This one is good as well – maybe you’ve seen it already

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaRWO19UD7I

    By the way, I’ve just been told off for kneeling to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord by a Priest” He approached me in lay wear in Church after the (Novus Ordo) Mass and told me that Pope Francis has changed everything and we don’t kneel now.

    Can you believe it?? Insane! Twice that’s happened to me, some Priest’s get REALLY angry to see someone kneeling to receive the Host.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    By the way, I’ve just been told off for kneeling to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord by a Priest” He approached me in lay wear in Church after the (Novus Ordo) Mass and told me that Pope Francis has changed everything and we don’t kneel now.

    Madness and lies.

    The appropriate response to that would begin with the words “no he jolly well hasn’t”.

    Then tell him to watch this :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjA8UORkF4c

    particularly after about the 45 minute mark.

  • anon

    I hope anyone commenting on this thread is able to offer prayers,sign petitions and donate via Cafod, ACN UK, the Jesuit Refugee Service, CLC EW or Oxfam