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Lebanese prelate calls for calm after murder of Christian leader

April 09, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai has issued a plea for “calm and moderation” after the kidnapping and murder of Pascal Sleiman, the head of the Christian Lebanese Forces.

Sleiman was seized by a small group of armed men on April 7, killed, and his body taken to the Syrian border. Lebanese officials said that the killing was orchestrated by a “Syrian criminal gang,” and most of those responsible had been arrested.

The crime threatened to inflame what Cardinal Rai described as a “delicate and tense political, security, and social situation” in Lebanon.

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