St. Porphyrios Orthodox Church
19 October 2023
We have just received confirmation from multiple sources in Gaza that Saint Porphyrios Orthodox Church has been bombed today. Archbishop Alexios appears to have been located and is alive, but we don’t know if he is injured. We have no word on the condition of any other of the more than 500 people being housed at the church and monastery, including the person who has been our source for most of our information.
The bombs hit the two church halls where the refugees, including children and babies, were sleeping. Presently, survivors are searching the rubble for other casualties. Our source at the scene says that they estimate that 150-200 people are dead, and that number is expected to rise as more people are found in the wreckage.
The Patriarch of Jerusalem has been made aware of the situation, and we are waiting for a statement from him soon.
As always, we will keep you updated as we know more.
Please pray for the repose of the souls who were killed in the bombing; for strength and healing of the injured; for mercy on everyone, including the perpetrators; and for peace in the Holy Land and an end to this devastating war. Let God arise! Let his enemies be scattered!
The Order of Saint George has established a fund to assist these suffering innocent people in Gaza. If you are able to contribute, we urge you to do so. If you are unable to give, we ask you please to share this campaign with others.