Maronite Bishops Urge
BEIRUT, Lebanon, JULY 23, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Lebanon's Maronite
bishops issued an 8-point statement appealing to all parties in the
present Middle East conflict to overcome division and stop violence.
This week's meeting in Beirut was called by Cardinal Nasrallah
Pierre Sfeir, patriarch of the Maronites, reported AsiaNews.
The statement includes a call for an immediate ceasefire, the
opening of humanitarian corridors, condemnation of the Israeli
invasion, as well as kidnapping, an expression of support for the
diplomatic efforts of the Lebanese government, an invitation to all
parties to search for unity of intent.
The Maronite bishops also hailed the initiative of Benedict XVI to
pray today for peace in Lebanon, and they invited all Catholics in
Lebanon to respect the Pope's desire because only prayer can save
the country, reported AsiaNews.
Foreign ministers from the world's most powerful countries and Arab
states are due to hold an emergency meeting in Rome on Wednesday to
discuss the crisis.