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Lebanese Church leaders decry Western support for Syrian rebels

Catholic World News - June 18, 2013

Catholic and Orthodox leaders in Lebanon have called for unity among Christians, and pleaded with the West not to encourage the warfare in Syria.

The continuing violence in Syria dominated attention as the Melkite Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches opened their respective synods in Beirut. Both groups offered prayers for the two Orthodox prelates who were kidnapped in Beirut in April, and both pledged support for Syrian refugees.

Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham denounced the decision by Western leaders to furnish more arms for Syrian rebels. That move, he said, would only “fuel the violence and hatred, and lead to more killing, destruction, displacement and more suffering.”

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 18, 2013 5:51 PM ET USA

    At least these prelates know what Mohammedanism really means. Of course, they have the advantage of a close-up view; they have to live daily side by side with the adherents of this pseudo-religious cult.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 18, 2013 5:45 PM ET USA

    Obama won't listen to the people of the region, he and his people don't seem to know very much about what is happening there. If Syria falls, it will surely go the way of Egypt, et al, where Islamic fundamentalism rules and Christianity becomes ever more extinct.

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