» 12/05/2012, 00.00
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius IV Hazim dies
He had been in poor health for months. In the past year, he had fought with fellow Christians and Muslims to end the civil war. The patriarch was famous in Lebanon and Syria for his pastoral work among young Orthodox.
Stronger ties with the Catholic Church, says Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim
During Easter Mass in Damascus, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch urged the faithful to renew their faith in the future and expressed a desire for a single calendar for all Christians.
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Ignatius IV Hazim, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, in his visit to Lebanon, has invited young people "to work together in every which way for Lebanon's renaissance and help preserve a Christian presence, its witness and mission" in the country.
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On the eve of the Rome conference, calls for a ceasefire and appeals for help to the population multiply; so do demands for long-lasting solutions to the region's historic divisions. Lebanese PM Siniora is set to visit the Vatican. Patriarch Hazim calls on Syrians to welcome their Lebanese brothers.
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For Ignatius Joseph III Younan, a Christian presence in Syria is essential for confessional reconciliation between Alawis and Sunnis. Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Aleppo university blast that killed 87. The violence of Muslim extremists and government forces could wipe out Syria forever. Patriarch calls on young Christians to stay in the Middle East to be witnesses of peace.
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