New York, NY (PRWEB) August 02, 2012
Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian Jesuit Priest who spent 30 years in Syria as a champion of interfaith dialogue will be in NYC to speak to the realities on the ground in Syria, the role of Christians and other minorities groups, and the expectations of a post-Assad future in Syria.
After the Syrian uprising erupted in March 2011, Father Paolo organized discussions about nonviolent protest, earning the Assad government`s anger. The continued shelling and siege of Homs and the displacement of its inhabitants, including 150,000 Christians, drove him to openly criticize the regime’s brutality.
“They got angry because I went to support my courageous people in Homs against those liars and violent thugs,” he said. “I am sure that eventually the protesters will win as they are on the right side, fighting for their freedoms.”
The Jesuit priest was ultimately given a one-way ticket out of Syria after inviting friends of activist filmmaker Bassel Shahade (a Syrian Christian killed in Homs in May) to the Mar Musa Monastery, where they could freely pray and mourn Shahade`s death after his funeral was broken up by regime thugs.
WHAT: Press Conference with Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio
WHEN: 9:30am statement followed by Q&A, Monday August 6th, 2012
WHERE: Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, One United Nations Plaza, 44th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue.
Sponsored by: National Alliance for Syria, Syrian Expatriates Organization
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or email NAFS(at)AllianceForSyria(dot)org.