Amid fighting between Libya’s pro-government and rival Islamist group continues, Christians in Libya feel stranded. Father Baranquel says, “There’s much lawlessness now, and we have no protection or security. Most Masses are to be celebrated in private houses and apartments like in ancient times.”
The priest spoke as fighting continued between rival Islamist and pro-government forces in the Libyan capital and the eastern port city. He also told that local Muslims had been “friendly and sympathetic” toward Christians, often arranging rides for them in private cars and warning of possible dangers. He further told that Church property was being guarded and Christians had been cautioned not to travel because of roadblocks set up by the Islamists.