» 09/30/2010, 00.00
LEBANON - VATICAN
Maronite Patriarchate warns of “tension rising” to the point of conflict in Lebanon
There is a growing conflict between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hezbollah because the UN tribunal allegations that - they say - condemn Hezbollah for having contributed to the assassination of Rafik Hariri. The bishops are preparing to go to Rome for the Synod of the Middle East, but a war between Sunnis and Shiites is feared.
Bishops condemn "confusion" reigning in Lebanon
There was express reference to Lahoud's statements against the formation of an international tribunal as well as to attempts to topple the government. Cardinal Sfeir pointed at "political leaders" who are seeking to "facilitate international interference and the preservation of regional forces in the country." Hezbollah has rejected UN calls to disarm its militias.
Maronite bishops say new solutions needed to end crisis
According to the bishops, the “main malady” of the country is the clash over the formation of an international court. Hezbollah representatives have met the Saudi king. The Shia Higher Council has called for a return to dialogue.
Sfeir and the USA strive for a peaceful succession to president Lahoud
The deputy secretary of state for the Middle East, David Welch, recently at the Vatican, has met with Patriarch Sfeir to speak about elections for the next President of the Republic. The issue, along with the role of the Holy See, had already been discussed by Sfeir during talks with the Head of State.
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Sfeir brings concerns about his country’s future to the Vatican
Maronite Patriarch is increasingly worried about the institutional deadlock caused by the country’s political crisis, but especially by the increasingly bitter divisions within the Christian community. The synod of Maronite bishops will take place in a few weeks.
Patriarch and bishops offer their help to end the political crises
All members of the Catholic Church gather today for an extraordinary assembly. Solana arrives in Beirut, first stop on a tour which will also bring him to Damascus, where he will attempt to convince Syria to accept the formation of an International tribunal on Hariri’s assassination.
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