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Archbishop of Damascus to Visit Twin Cities

Syrian Archbishop to Speak at the University of St. Thomas
Archbishop of Damascus Samir Nassar will discuss from his eyewitness perspective the impact of Syria’s civil war on both the Church and society in that country.
 
St. Paul/Minneapolis - His Excellency, the Most Reverend Samir Nassar, Archbishop of Damascus since 2006, has witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the civil war raging in Syria since 2011. No sector of society has escaped unharmed, including the Church. Families, children, and especially young people, whose future livelihood within Syria has become precarious, have suffered the most.  Over two separate events on Thursday, November 15, Archbishop Nassar will share his experiences helping his church communities survive and constructively respond to the barbarities and deprivations of war. Both events are free and open to the public.
 
The first event is an informal discussion with Archbishop Nassar, entitled “Enveloped by War: The Church in Syria’s Civil Conflict.” It will be held in the auditorium of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul Campus from 11:45AM to 1:15PM. Archbishop Nassar will share stories, and invite questions, about how the war has affected churches in his Archdiocese, and throughout Syria, and how both he and those churches have responded to the almost complete breakdown of civil society.
 
The second event will be a panel discussion and public dialogue on how the Church in Syria might contribute to the rebuilding of Syrian civil society.  “Binding Wounds, Building Bridges in a War-Ravaged Land: An Evening with The Most Reverend Samir Nassar, Archbishop of Damascus,” will take place at 7:30PM in Schulze Hall on the Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas. This event will include many members of the wider Twin Cities community. 
 
The primary sponsor for both events is The Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship at the University of St. Thomas, with assistance provided by the University of St. Thomas’ Office for Mission, the Departments of Theology, History, Justice and Peace Studies, and Catholic Studies. Archbishop Nassar’s visit to the Twin Cities is being sponsored by a number of different national and local agencies and organizations: Catholic Relief Services, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, the Center for Mission, St. Maron’s Maronite Catholic Church, and the Basilica of St. Mary.
 
For more information, press only:
Paul J. Wojda, Ph.D.
651-962-5385
pjwojda@stthomas.edu
 
Evening Ecumenical/Inter-faith Prayer Service
Wednesday, November 14
St. Maron's Church 
600 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Come together to pray for peace and for refugees. 
 
Binding Wounds, Building Bridges in a War-Ravaged Land:
An Evening with The Most Reverend Samir Nassar, Archbishop of Damascus, Syria
Discussion about how the Church in Syria might contribute to the rebuilding of Syrian civil society.
Thursday, November 15
7:30pm 
Schultze Hall, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis campus
Open to the public
 
The University of St. Thomas is honored to host Archbishop Nassar
Sponsored by the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship
 
 
 
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