CHRISTIANS: Rai's Stance on Syria, Hizbullah Arms Jolts Christian Heartland

September 2011
Middle East Reporter (Weekly Edition);9/17/2011, Vol. 141 Issue 1269, p9
The article presents views from political analyst regarding the statement of Patriarch Beshara Rai, the head of Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon of providing a chance to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to carry out political reforms. Imad Marmal states that Rai's statements did not come from a political whim but they had the support of the Vatican. Abdel Wahhab Baderkhan said that the patriarch was right in expressing fears over the rise of Muslim fundamentalist movements.


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