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Rai voices fear over sectarian killing in region

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai meets with Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church Daniel in Bucharest on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (DalatiNohra/HO)

BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai voiced Friday fears about the ongoing sectarian killing in the Middle East during a meeting with Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

“I told the patriarch what frightens us today is that we are living wars, violence and sectarian killing in the Middle East and fighting between the moderates and the radicals,” Rai said, following his meeting with Daniel in Bucharest, according to the National News Agency. The two discussed the coexistence of Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.

"We reject the continuation of wars, violence and terrorism because that destroys Muslims and Christians alike,” he said.

Daniel encouraged the Maronite patriarch to promote such a message in the name of the people of Romania, Lebanon and the entire region, Rai said.

Rai traveled to Romania Thursday to inaugurate St. Charbel Church in Bucharest and he is expected to meet with several church officials there.

He invited the Romanian patriarch to visit Lebanon, saying he would coordinate such a trip with Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi.

For his part, Daniel called on Christians in the Middle East and all other sects to work together for peace in the region.

"I received Patriarch Rai as a messenger of peace and we should all work together for peace and finding peaceful solution as an alternative to war and violence in this region where rich Christian heritage exists,” he said.

He added that Rai explained the current situation in the region, saying he expressed his desire to work with the patriarch to promote peace.

When asked about the two bishops who were kidnapped in Syria earlier this year, Daniel said: “Maybe our prayers could help end this case.”

 

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