Nov 8, 2013, Archbishop Cranmer Mother Agnès-Mariam de la Croix, spokesperson for the Catholic Media Centre of the Diocese of Homs, Hama and Yabroud in Syria, is one of the main representatives of the 'Mussalaha' Reconciliation inter-faith Initiative, which has the support of all Syria’s religious communities. She has been a fearless and indefatigable proponent […]
Mouvement de solidarité avec la Syrie - Tournée nord-américaine de mère Agnès-Mariam de la Croix, agent de vérité et de paix - Conférence à Montréal mardi le 3 décembre
Syria Solidarity Movement - The North-American Tour of Mother Agnès-Mariam de la Croix, an agent of truth and peace - Conference in Montreal, on Tuesday December 3
Voici quelques informations sur la tournée nord-américaine de mère Agnès Mariam, sur le Syria Solidarity Movement, qui organise cette tournée, ainsi que sur sa
visite à Montréal, le 3 décembre prochain.
Je vous encourage fortement à visiter directement le site du Syria Solidarity Movement au: http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/
C'est une mine d'or d'informations inédites sur la Syrie, sur cette tournée et sur de nombreuses autres faits liés à la question syrienne.
J’aimerais que vous en parliez dans vos réseaux et que lorsque les affiches et les tracts sont prêts, vous nous aide à informer et à inviter le plus grand nombre de médias et d'auditoires possible. Je pourrai aussi éventuellement avoir besoin de votre précieuse aide et contribution pour diffuser notre Communiqué de presse et notre affiche.
Bonjour madame ....
Syria: An Open Letter to the American People
By Mairead Maguire
Nobel Peace Laureate
My dear friends,
As a teenager living in Belfast, I admired the American Peace Movement and many prominent figures within it. Fifty years later, two of the most inspiring people still remembered across the world are Americans: Martin Luther King and Dorothy Day.
American peace activists and civil rights workers were imprisoned, some killed. But a generation spoke and sang about love.
Like Mahatma Gandhi in India, the Berrigan Brothers in the Peace Movement and the American Civil Rights Movement show us that the path to freedom and equality is a peaceful one. This journey of transformation in the pursuit of peace and justice is a constant challenge to the entrenched powers which thrive on hatred and war; acting as a constant challenge to blind prejudice and the lies that are necessary for war.
In making this journey of love we must always acknowledge that those we regard as enemies are fellow human beings and we are called to love them . If we don’t, when do the killing fields stop?
I first came to you from Northern Ireland to speak to you about what was happening in my country. I was met with great kindness in America. Now I write to you to about Syria.
We must not allow a war to go on for decades, as many did in regards to Ireland. We must have the foresight to stand up for peace, nonviolence and reconciliation now, before the suffering is entrenched and before prejudices and lies seep deeply into the consciousness of a new generation, acting as seeds for more yet more war.
I write to you to ask your help for the people of Syria. All the people of Syria deserve your attention. Like you, they want the opportunity to live, love and labour in support of their children’s dreams. With your efforts we can make it a bright future in a peaceful and prosperous country where love will conquer all.
The people of Syria are a diverse people, a courageous and generous people with a proud history of tolerance. Over many centuries, their country has welcomed millions of disparate people seeking refuge just as the United States has done.
I visited Syria in May 2013. Despite the on-going violence, I found it to be a land of hope. I met tribal and religious leaders, political dissidents and grieving parents and widows. In Syria, there are millions of ordinary folk risking their lives for a peaceful, reconciled and united Syria they can all love.
Mother Agnes Mariam, one of the leaders of the Mussalaha (reconciliation) Movement in Syria, is on a speaking tour of America this November. Mother Agnes Mariam has sat at a table with the prime minister of Syria has and has eaten olives with a rebel leader. And recently she risked her life to negotiate the safe passage of thousands of civilians and of many fighters from a conflict zone.
Your heroes, the heroes we all uphold, show us bridges of nonviolence and peace must be built between people. War stems from hatred and lies. Peace requires courage, wisdom, and love. And foresight.
Mother Agnes is bringing to America a universal message your country knows well. She presents it through the story of Syria. I encourage you to hear the story of Syria.
Complément d'informations sur Mère Agnès Mariam pour Second Regard
Tel qu'entendu hier lors de notre conversation téléphonique, je vous fais parvenir un article du National Catholic Reporter qui donne plus d'informations sur Mère Agnès Mariam (surtout sur sa biographie et son parcours atypique), de même que sur son message lors des rencontres publiques tenues en Californie depuis son arrivée et sur les oppositions que son passage a suscitées: http://ncronline.org/news/global/controversial-nun-speaks-out-war-syria
J'en profite pour ajouter (ci-dessous) une déclaration en 7 points de MAM qui répond très clairement aux principaux reproches qu'on lui fait quant à sa position politique en Syrie.
Dominique Boisvert (Comité de Média)
Amir M. Maasoumi ( Organisateur et responsable de la tournée)
Statements of Mother Agnes:
1) I have no political statement to declare, I am not a politician; I am a mediator for Reconciliation.
2) My convent is under Free Syrian Army control, and I have a very good relationship with them; they protect us.
3) I meet with all kinds of people from the loyalist and the opposition sides: with ministers, security officers, armed opposition leaders or popular committees militias). I have go from one place to another, many times under threat or danger, to negotiate with all of them for humanitarian issues to spare the bloodshed and to alleviate the conditions of besieged areas.
4) I mediate for the liberation of abductees and detainees. We try to help the different Syrian populations: Sunni, Shia, Christian, Alawite, Druze, etc. “I tell you that reconciliation is happening between the different factions of the Syrian people. Many armed leaders are meeting through the good offices of Mussalaha”.
5) The different factions (the Syrian administration and different opposition groups who are many times fighting against each other) want me to take side with them and denounce the others. I cannot take any side. I am not a politician, I am a cleric. I work for humanitarian needs and stand with the civilians. I am with the Syrian people. “It is so difficult to be in the middle. You are accused by all parties.” I denounce al kinds of genocide and killing from any party. I cannot accept the killing of any human being. Killing should stop and foreign fighters should leave Syria back to their country and supply of weapons should stop.
6) The Media mainly outside of Syria is against me. They accuse me of many things that I did not do or say. They pick some words from here and there and fabricate things. They put my humanitarian work in danger because the fighters read these words and become angry for things I did not say and positions I did not take.
7) I am compelled and invited to explain myself outside of Syria and I met with many different people of different views and persuaded them with evidence and with kindness and they changed their positions and joined us in supporting Mussalaha..
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