Excerpted from Vincent Martini
The martyrdom of Fr Fadi Jamil Haddad of Syria has been reported by multiple sources.
Fr Fadi “went out on a noble humanitarian mission to return a member of his parish who had been kidnapped a few days earlier,” and sought to negotiate a reduced ransom for their freedom.
However, the terrorists that kidnapped this man — the western-backed, Sunni Muslim “rebels” (from nations other than Syria) — also took Fr Fadi hostage, brutally tortured him for several days, and finally murdered him and left him in the town of Drousha (near Damascus), where his body was ultimately found.
Fr Fadi was a loving and compassionate man, and was beloved by both Muslim and Christian alike. He had served the Church of Antioch as a priest since his ordination in 1995 by His Beatitude Patriarch IGNATIUS IV and Bishop ELIAS (Khoury).
After news of his death was made public, the Syrian state television network said “He was one of the most prominent workers for national reconciliation and the healing of wounds.”
May his memory be eternal, and may the Church in Syria be strengthened by his prayers. Lord, have mercy.
Troparion in Tone 1:
Imitating the Good Shepherd, thou didst lay down thy life for thy sheep,
and with thy blood thou didst suffer for the faith.
Wherefore, O Hieromartyr Fadi of Damascus,
intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.