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Save Syria, Urges Melkite Patriarch of Damascus
Catholic News Service (23 May 2012)
Syria’s 2.5 million Christians are being pushed into an exodus from the country out of fear of chaos and crime, said Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham of Damascus.

Drop Debate over Arming Syria, Says Patriarch
Catholic News Service (19 April 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Unless western nations immediately find ways to bring peace to Syria instead of debating whether to arm opposition forces, the country will continue to be in turmoil and a victim of the West’s indecision, said a Syrian patriarch.

Patriarchs’ Lenten Messages Focus on Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (18 February 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The Middle East is suffering a “Way of the Cross” that is the greatest tragedy since World War II, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said in a Lenten message about suffering.

Patriarch Rejects Calls for Outside Military Intervention in Syria
Catholic News Service (19 March 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of the Melkite Catholic Church rejected outright all calls for an international military intervention in Syria and urged Pope Francis and all Christian churches to “promote a concrete and realistic road map” to peace in the beleaguered nation.

At Easter, Middle Eastern Patriarchs Encourage Hope Despite Turmoil
Catholic News Service (6 April 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East in their Easter messages urged the faithful to cling to the hope of the risen Christ amid raging wars, human suffering and the uprooting of Christians from their homelands in the region.

Melkite, Maronite Catholic Synods Address Middle East Violence
Catholic News Service (22 June 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Meeting for their respective annual synods in Lebanon, Maronite Catholic and Melkite Greek Catholic bishops called for an end to wars in the region and for the election of a president in Lebanon.

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Picture of the Day: Communion and Witness
Pope Benedict XVI signs the apostolic exhortation at the Melkite Greek Catholic Basilica of St. Paul in Harissa, Lebanon, on 14 September.

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