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Lebanese Patriarch Pleads for Repatriation of Syrian Refugees

Lebanese Patriarch Pleads for Repatriation of Syrian Refugees

In his homily, the patriarch also prayed for peace in the Holy Land, especially in Jerusalem, “where the Triune God revealed himself and where Christ fulfilled the mystery of redemption.”

“We cannot accept that the plan of human salvation be thwarted, and that the Holy Land be transformed into the exclusive homeland of the Jews, and that Jerusalem, the city of peace, be reduced to being solely the capital of a Jewish Israel, rather than being the city open to the three monotheistic religions,” Raï said.

The patriarch’s words echoed a recent appeal by Pope Francis for the maintenance of the “status quo” of the Holy City.

During his visit to Morocco in late March, the pope launched a joint appeal together with Moroccan King Mohammed VI, calling for the protection of Jerusalem’s identity as the common patrimony of “the followers of the three monotheistic religions.”

“We consider it important to preserve the Holy City of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif as the common patrimony of humanity,” the declaration stated, “and especially the followers of the three monotheistic religions, as a place of encounter and as a symbol of peaceful coexistence, where mutual respect and dialogue can be cultivated.”

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