Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai. (The Daily Star)
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Maronite Cardinal Beshara Rai said Tuesday efforts by his Church to win the release of a group of nuns kidnapped from the historic Syrian town of Maaloula have hit a roadblock.There was no indication as to where the nuns were being held.Rai will meet Pope Francis during his two-week stay in the Vatican. Rai also urged a speedy formation of a government in order to pave the way for the presidential election.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim briefed Sleiman on the outcome of his visit to Nigeria which focused on securing the release of Lebanese kidnapped in that oil-rich country in addition to the nuns and two prominent bishops abducted in Syria last April.
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