Mother Superior Agnes Mariam de la Croix (born Fadia al-Laham) is a Catholic nun from Syria who bills herself as an advocate of peace, moderation, negotiations, and reconciliation. As Syria descends into its third year of wanton slaughter, it is understandable then why so many war-weary Westerners would welcome Agnes and lend her their ears and open their hearts.
But just as tired, thirsty people stranded in the desert must beware of chasing mirages of oases, Westerners must beware of Mother Agnes.
She is not what she appears to be.
Mother Agnes is traveling and speaking throughout the U.S. and Canada on a tour sponsored by the Syria Solidarity Movement, a 501(c)(3) organization based in California founded by Paul Larudee. Larudee says, “We wanted to bring Mother Agnes Mariam to the U.S. to present a point of view that we feel hasn’t been presented too much in North America.”
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