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Melkite Patriarch of Damascus calls for urgent dialogue between government and youth
In a message addressed to Muslims for the end of Ramadan, the Catholic patriarch says, “it is not too late” for Assad to interact with the young people of the opposition. He criticises Arab government for being deaf to “the pain and aspirations of their peoples” and the United States and Europe for trying to impose their will.
07/02/2012 SYRIA – EUROPEAN UNION
Gregorios III Laham appeals to Europe for compromise in Syria
The Melkite patriarch of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem, is concerned that Syria has been caught up in a power game between the United States and Russia. He calls on Europe, which has a Mediterranean vocation, to take the initiative to prevent a civil war.
For Gregorios III Laham, "the Christian mission in Syria is reconciliation among Muslims"
The Patriarch of Antioch talks about the role of the Church in Syria in light of the pope's Apostolic Exhortation 'Gaudium Evangelii'. Thanks to the suffering of war, Christians have rediscovered their faith and their role, which is to bear witness to Muslims fighting each other of a different way of life. Papers have been submitted to the Vatican for the beatification of the three young martyrs in Ma'aloula.
30/11/2013 VATICAN - SYRIA
Pope calls for "a just and lasting solution" to the war in Syria and respect for religious freedom in the Middle East
"We are not resigned to imagine a Middle East without Christians," Pope Francis told Gregorios III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites. On the feast day of Saint Andrew, a thought goes to the Orthodox Churches and Patriarch Bartholomew.
28/08/2013 SYRIA - LEBANON
Gregory III: Democracy is built with peace. U.S. attack is a criminal act
The Catholic Patriarch of Antioch calls on Western countries to listen to the Pope’s appeal. Armed action will destroy any possibility of future dialogue and reconciliation. The Christians will be ghettoized. Without them, there can be no moderate Islam. The disappearance of Christians is a threat for the West and the Arab world.
Aleppo, Syrian rebels attack the Damascus intelligence headquarters: dozens dead
At least 20 victims among Syrian security forces, another 14 on the rebels side. But the Damascus army managed to repel the assault. The offices of the Air Force Intelligence building targeted. Six other victims among civilians in a second attack. The rebels reject UN envoy’s truce proposal.
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