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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ghassibe Kayrouz

I have only one request, forgive those who killed me (Ghasibe Kayrouz)

During the Lebanese civil war, a young man preparing to enter the seminary was killed. Ghasibe Kayrouz was born to a poor Maronite family near Beirut. From his childhood, the Catholic faith was introduced to him by the example of his parents who educated their children in a spirit of prayer and love to God.

After his father’s death, Ghassibe helps his family to survive by teaching religion to children in the countryside. It is at this point that Ghassibe’s extraordinary Faith reveals itself. It is in this love for God that he enters the Jesuit seminary in Beirut. Ghassibe’s Passion arrives upon his decision, one Christmas, to return to his native village. He never reaches his home, however, as he is captured and held hostage by a Muslim family who want to blackmail Ghassibe’s family for land. Ghassibe’s witness to Faith until death is provoked following his decision to knowingly make the sign of the Cross in this Muslim house. The Muslim men of the house, enraged by this, kill Ghassibe.

Later, after his death, his family discovered a letter which was written by Ghassibe himself. In it, they learned that even before his death, he had a premonition about his future martyrdom. It might probably have started when three of is friends were killed for their faith.

In the testament, he wrote, “I have only one request, forgive those who killed me.” He also offered his blood for the conversion of sinners in Lebanon and for peace, love, and reconciliation not only in Lebanon, but also in the whole world.


    The story of a Lebanese Catholic martyr, as recounted in interviews with the relatives and Church leaders who knew him. 30 Minutes
    Fri 07/23/10 3:00 AM ET
    Fri 07/23/10 6:30 PM ET


  3. The information mentioned above about the kidnapping of GhassibeKayrouz to blackmail his family for a land is completely incorrect.
    Also the information about his murder because he deliberately made the cross sign in the Muslim family house is also completely incorrect and misleading.
    I'm a direct relative of Ghassibe Kayrouz and lived his murder and have direct connection with the Ghassibe parents, church and relatives and can confirm that the above information is completely incorrect and misleading.
    Please remove or correct the above mentioned information.
    Hani Kayrouz

  4. Hi Hani, Sorry I've been so long in getting back to you. I do not receive e-mails to notify me of a persons comment. I have only just found your comment recently.

    Because the internet is full to the brim with many claims which are usually invented by anti-Catholics, I'm afraid that you will have to provide a little more evidence in relation to your claim being a direct relative of Ghassibe.

    If you would like to e-mail me the true story of Ghassibe you can do so by use of the following address:

    If I am wrong then my apologies. But I hope you can understand my reluctance to take your claim of being a direct relative on faith.

    God bless