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Lebanese Christians seek unity despite political differences
Invited by Patriarch Rahi, Christian political leaders from both government and opposition met to talk. The issues on the table were the separation of religion and politics, the defence of Christian-owned land, a greater Christian presence in public institutions, the promotion of the common good, and the collective responsibility Christians have in promoting the values of the Gospel in society. A committee is set up to promote further meetings.
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Patriarch al-Rahi in Kurdistan for the future of Christians and the fight against Islamists
The cardinal makes a short one-day stop in Erbil accompanied by civil and religious leaders. He will meet with Kurdish President Barzani and visit the archbishop's see. The trip will focus on the fate of Christians fleeing jihadists and the possible use of force to repel the Islamist threat. The issue of relations with Islam and interfaith dialogue will also be discussed.
27/05/2014 LEBANON - THE HOLY LAND
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi prays for peace at the Holy Sepulchre
The cardinal continues his pastoral visit. Yesterday he did not accompany Pope Francis when the latter met with Israeli leaders. On 8 May, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the announcement of the patriarch's visit and, two days ago, awarded him the "Star of Jerusalem" for his visit to the city and for strengthening its ties with the Arab world.
National dialogue begins as bishops distance themselves from Lahoud
The president is a divisive factor among Lebanese and must "assume his responsibilities before God and History," say the prelates.
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Patriarch Rahi to meet Gulf States ambassadors to discuss expelled Lebanese migrants
The meeting comes at a time of "great tensions" between Lebanon and the region's governments. For the local Church, it is "very important" to understand "the fate" of workers, who should be protected because they "have nothing to do with political tensions." At least 50,000 Lebanese live and work in the Gulf States.
Bishops act to end divisions between Maronite political leaders
The initiative comes following the release of a statement last month highlighting the crisis within the Maronite community and offering some suggestions as to how to solve it. A bishops’ commission met Michel Aoun this morning and will meet Suleiman Frangieh and Samir Geagea later in the day.
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