Patriarch laments assassination of Lebanese political figure
December 30, 2013
The head of the Maronite Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, denounced the assassination of Mohamad Chatah (also spelled Shatah), a Sunni Muslim politician who served as Lebanon’s ambassador to the United States (1997-2000) and finance minister (2008-9).
The Shi’a Muslim terrorist organization Hezbollah, which is allied with the Syrian government, is suspected in the car-bomb attack that killed eight.
“With Chatah’s assassination, Lebanon has lost a face of moderation,” said Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, as quoted in the Beirut-based Daily Star.
- Politicians from across the political spectrum strongly condemn Shatah assassination (The Daily Star)
- Lebanon mourners vent fury at Hezbollah over ex-minister killing (AFP)
- Former Lebanese minister and ambassador to the US assassinated in Beirut (L’Osservatore Romano)