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Council of Churches of Orient begins week of prayer for unity of Churches

The "Council of Churches of the Middle East in Lebanon" began Tuesday a week of prayers for the unity of Churches at the headquarters of the Syriac-Orthodox Patriarchate in Atchaneh, in the presence of Syriac Orthodox Patriarch, Ignatius Ephram II, and representatives of the different Christian communities.

After the inaugural prayer, Patriarch Ephram II emphasized the importance of this meeting, wishing it would bear fruits.

He deplored the destruction of churches and the persecution of Christians and minorities in the East by terrorist organizations, questioning the fate of bishops Boulos Yaziji and Youhanna Ibrahim who were kidnapped at the beginning of the war in Syria, and wondering who benefited from the exodus of Christians of the region.

"Our future is that of conviviality with our Muslim brothers and good relations with our neighbors, based on human rights and mutual respect for dignity," he said. "We must work to secure this future (...) and we call for discarding radical ideas and consolidating the principles of coexistence, human values and religious freedom."

Source: National News Agency