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Laham urges pope to help end Syria bloodshed

  • A Syrian army soldier kisses Gregarious Laham, Patriarch of Antioch and the whole East for the Romans Catholics during a candlelight vigil in Damascus. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

BEIRUT: Antioch Patriarch Gregorios III Laham called Wednesday on newly-elected Pope Francis to help end the two-year-old violence in neighboring Syria.

“We warmly urge him [Pope Francis] – as we know the love he has for the Levant – and urge world countries and all the officials to work to stop the bloodshed in Syria,” Laham said in his Easter Resurrection message.

“Enough pain. Enough tragedies. Enough violence, terrorism, weapons and fundamentalism. Enough trading in human lives, their dignity, livelihood, security, integrity and stability,” Laham said.

At least 70,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising to topple President Bashar Assad began in March 2011, according to the United Nations.

 
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