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Lebanese Catholics fear Syrian, islamic influence

ICC Note

The power struggling in Lebanon is endangering its Christians populations. Currently the government of that country is espousing Islamization of Lebanon.

Beirut , Oct. 3, 2007 ( – Maronite Catholic prelates called for national unity in Lebanon , and deplored excessive foreign influence in the country’s affairs, as they ended a monthly meeting on October 2.

Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir said that Lebanon needs a president “who can uplift the country, who will be agreed upon by all the Lebanese, and who knows how to unity the Lebanese people.” The election of such a leader, the Patriarch conceded, will not be easy “due to interference” by outside powers. Patriarch Sfeir has frequently criticized Syrian influence in Lebanon .


Archbishop Bechara Rai of Jbeil sounded a slightly different theme, telling reporters that the country’s Christians are endangered by the power struggle between Sunni and Shiite Muslim factions. He charged that Lebanon ‘s current government, headed by Prime Minister Fouad Seniora, is “taking Lebanon toward Islamization.”

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