- Jan 24, 2020
Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim religious leaders, meeting with the president of Switzerland, appealed to the international community to work toward peace in the region and to ensure the “dignified” return of refugees to their homelands.
Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai appealed to world leaders to stop the war in Syria and to work for comprehensive peace through diplomatic means.
In Easter messages, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East evoked the hope of the Resurrection.
Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East — with hope, despite uncertainty in the region — called for peace, security, prayer and solidarity at Christmastime.
An interreligious summit in Lebanon released a statement on the decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem that said, “The U.S. president’s decision, based on special political calculations, is a challenge and a provocation for more than 3 billion people and touches on the depth of their faith.”
Cardinal Bechara el-Rai, the head of Lebanon’s Maronite Church, is expected to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia. Hariri shocked the nation by announcing his resignation from Riyadh, and said on Sunday he’ll return to Lebanon “within days” to resolve issues with the militant group Hezbollah, his rivals in the coalition government.