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Maronite patriarch: in Syria, Arab spring's obscurantist potential could lead to religious conflicts
Card Bechara Raï speaks about "dark forces" working to disrupt states and institutions. "The growth of Islamic fundamentalism threatens moderate Muslims, who are the majority." Caught between a rock and hard place, Christians have no choice. Many fear that the Syria conflict will deepen the Sunni-Shia divide in Lebanon.
Patriarch Bechara Rai and the "Arab Spring". Tensions with Paris and Washington
After France, rumors of discontent within U.S. government over patriarch Béchara Raï’s speech. Trip to the U.S. capital, where the patriarch is scheduled to meet President Obama, postponed. The delicate situation of the Lebanese Christians, in the grip between Sunnis and Shiites. The quest for peace and coexsistence.
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Gregory III Laham: as Lebanon closes borders, the plight of Syrian Christians gets worse
The Melkite patriarch talks to AsiaNews about the worsening situation of Syria's internally displaced people compared to those outside of the country. Border crossings are still open for Christians from Hassakeh, victims of the Islamic State group. War is the cause "of all evil". During Lent, Damascus churches are full of people praying for peace.
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For Maronite patriarch, attacks in Lebanon due to divisions among Lebanese political leaders
Nusra Front claims recent attack in Hermel (Lebanon) was to punish Hizbollah. Former general Aoun holds back new government by demanding key ministries. Maronite bishops prepare paper on the country's situation and future. For over a year, Lebanon has not had a government.
07/03/2012 SYRIA - LEBANON
UN envoy arrives in Damascus to negotiate a humanitarian corridor
Valerie Amos will travel to Homs in the next few days. Government forces renew their offensive against Daraa where protests began last year. In the Upped Bekaa Valley (on the border with Lebanon), the army destroys a bridge on the Orontes, main escape route for Syrian refugees. "The Arab spring is turning to winter," Maronite patriarch says. "How can it be an Arab Spring when people are being killed every day?" he asks.
08/06/2015 SYRIA – LEBANON
Bechara al-Rahi in Damascus for the Assembly of Patriarchs
This year, the patriarchs chose to meet in Syria (not in Lebanon) to reassure Christians of every Church in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen . . . “We patriarchs are with you,” Mgr al-Rahi said. In a plea to the faithful, he called on them not to lose hope, but pray and work for the return home of 12 million Syrians displaced by the war. He also said he might visit Maaloula.
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