6 March, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/28/2013
SYRIA - EU
Gregory III Laham: "The future of Syria cannot be built on destruction"
The European Union fails to renew the ban of weapons supply to the Syrian opposition. Britain and France are ready to send arms to the rebels. For the Catholic Patriarch of Antioch "There are no winners with the war." The invitation to pray for the peace conference in Geneva scheduled for next June 10.

Damascus (AsiaNews) - "The future of Syria cannot be built on destruction. There are no winners with war. The Church is for reconciliation and dialogue. We encourage prayer for the success of the conference on 10 June in Geneva so that all parties, government and opposition, can travel the road to peace. " Gregory III Laham, patriarch of Antioch all the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem of the Melkites says to AsiaNews.


The prelate's appeal comes after the failed agreement between the European Union countries on the renewal of the ban on the supply of arms to the rebels, which expired last night. This has prompted Britain and France to renew pressure for military support to the rebels. William Hague, the British Foreign Minister, said, "that so far no EU country has plans to arm the rebels." The end of the embargo is a move to intimidate Assad. However, the diplomat did not rule out sending weapons in the coming months. Ahead of new decisions, the "momentary" end of the ban, the announcement facilitates the illegal entry of weapons in Syria.

Gregory III  says that such a situation of pain, hatred and conflict between factions spurred by the continuous supply of arms to the rebels and the regime cannot continue indefinitely. "The world - he says - must understand that wars do not put an end to violence. I have personally experienced the clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land and the current one between Sunnis and Shiites in Syria. I can testify that only the position of reconciliation, peace and rejection of hatred given by the gospel can lead to a lasting solution. "

According to the patriarch there is still room in Syria for values ​​such as good and solidarity between people of different faiths and factions. "Even where there is no violence - he explains - people live with the constant fear of continuing war, but try to live their daily lives." In many cities, such as Damascus and Aleppo, there are episodes of solidarity between Christians and Muslims, without ethnic or political distinction. "The Patriarchate - says the prelate - welcomes displaced people and refugees fleeing from the regions most affected by the conflict and supports them through the efforts of the volunteers of Caritas and many Christian and Muslim families." (S.C.)

 

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
05/07/2005 SYRIA
Gregory III Laham: No to fundamentalism, hope for a peaceful Arab world
by Jihad Issa
01/16/2014 SYRIA
Appeal by Gregory III for a global campaign of prayer for peace in Syria
by Fady Noun
12/27/2013 SYRIA - MIDDLE EAST
Gregory III urges Christians in the Middle East not to emigrate
08/28/2013 SYRIA - LEBANON
Gregory III: Democracy is built with peace. U.S. attack is a criminal act
08/03/2012 SYRIA - ISLAM
Gregory III Laham: Christians and Muslims pray and fast together for an end to violence

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.