Fadi Jamil Haddad
Father Fadi Haddad was a priest of the Church of Antioch who was kidnapped and martyred near Damascus, Syria during the latter days of October 2012 while attempting to gain the freedom of an earlier kidnap victim during the civil strife in Syria.
Father Fadi Jamil Haddad was born in the city of Qatana on February 2, 1969, the son of zealous Christian parents, Jamil Haddad and Wadia el-Ayn. He grew up in Qatana, receiving his education in schools in Qatana, including his elementary education at el-Thaura School and middle and high school education at Baath Secondary School for Boys. After graduating from high school, Fadi studied at the St. John of Damascus Theological Institute at Balamand in Lebanon. He graduated from the theological institute in 1994.
After he married Fadi was ordained a deacon in the Maryamiyya Cathedral in Damascus. He was ordained to the priesthood during the liturgy on July 14, 1995 by His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim and Bishop Elias Kfoury.
Father Fadi Haddad began his parish service in the parish of Qatana as the cornerstone was being laid by Patr. Ignatius for the new church, dedicated to St. Elias. Father Fadi, a son of the Qatana parish, participated in the founding of the parish Orthodox Sunday School along with other sons of the parish and assisted by priests who came to Qatana, including Frs. Nicholas Baalbaki and Georges Baalbaki.
Fr. Fadi Haddad had been acting as an intermediary for a doctor from Qatana who had been kidnapped, as he had acted previously as an intermediary in obtaining the release of kidnap victims and the return of stolen cars. Fr. Fadi was beloved by all religious groups and took no political position in the on-going civil conflict in Syria. He had gained a reputation of "… a man of God who was trusted by all", who during Ramadan, would invite Muslims to break the fast at the church. He was beloved by all religious groups and took no political position in the current conflict in Syria.
As reported by Agence France-Presse his body was found in the town of Drousha, near Qatana and Damascus. Reportedly, after Fr. Fadi had succeeded in getting the kidnappers to reduce the ransom he went with the kidnapped doctor's father-in-law to deliver the money, the two men were kidnapped. Initial reports were that Fr. Fadi's body was found shot in the head near Drousha on the Damascus-Quneitra highway.
The Syrian state television announced after his body had been found, that "He was one of the most prominent workers for national reconciliation and the healing of wounds."