Al-Rahi: Maronite Church Rejects Violence, Spread of Arms in Regional Countries

Posted on: August 19, 2012 at 23:34
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi rejected on Sunday violence and the killing of children in regional countries, saying any attack on the lives of people is a crime before God.

“Any assault on the life of any person is a crime before God,” al-Rahi said in his sermon during a mass in his summer seat in Diman.

“Christianity totally rejects violence, war and murder,” he said, adding “the church raises its denunciation voice to all what’s happening in the countries of this region in terms of violence, war and the spread of arms and money for that purpose.”

His sermon came as Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a boy and a girl were among seven people killed in Syria as government forces shelled rebel strongholds including parts of the main northern battleground of Aleppo.

It also reported at least 137 deaths Saturday, and said 42 bodies had been dumped in al-Tal town in Damascus province, in a gruesome sign of escalating brutality.
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