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Maronite Church Leader guides Marists of Europe, Syria, Lebanon



Syrian Marists ask Lebanese Patriarch to help obtain peace

14/05/2015: Lebanon - Photo gallery

Syrian Marists asked Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Raï for his help to achieve peace during their encounter at the See of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate on May 12 in Bkerke, Lebanon.

“We have asked the Patriarch to help us find solutions for peace in Syria, facing the ruthless machine of death and destruction,” said brother George Sabe, Marist of Aleppo, Syria.

During the meeting with the Superior General of the Marist Brothers and a delegation of councillors and superiors of the brothers in Europe, Syria and Lebanon, the Patriarch stressed that “Christianity, which is rooted in the Middle East, should remain there, and so we have to give a hand and help at all levels.”

The Patriarch also blessed them and guided them on several topics related to educational issues.

The encounter with Bechara Raï was part of the agenda of a meeting of the European Marist Conference, which included Marists of Europe, Lebanon (Champville and Byblos) and Syria that took place from May 11-13 in Harissa, Lebanon.

Brother Sabe noted that the group of Marist Brothers had chosen Lebanon for a conference of regional superiors, specifically Beithania, “to explore the educational, social and humanitarian situation of our institutions in their places of establishment in Europe, Lebanon and Syria.”

“We have listened to the Patriarch’s explanation on the current situation in the region, which he did openly and in a historical way, which introduced us to the Christian presence in the Middle East and its relationship with the Muslim world,” said the Syrian brother.

“He explained the importante of having a role in the Church, the role of proclaiming the Gospel that brings peace in the region with a language that differs from the language of war,” he added. “It’s the language of life together with the Islamic world.”

The Marist explained that “the situation for Christians in Aleppo is very difficult and the city is going through difficult moments due the violence, which affects both individuals and stones.”

“The destruction of Christian residential areas, churches and cathedrals, in addition to the daily difficulties, has exhausted people and has caused the displacement of a large number of Christian families of the city of Aleppo,” remarked Brother Sabe.

Superior General Emili Turú affirmed that “members of the delegation have really appreciated this meeting, which has given them an accurate picture of the Christian reality in the Middle East after hearing the explanation of the Patriarch on the matter.”

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