Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi telephoned the French Ambassador, Emmanuel Bonne, expressing disapproval of the "heinous crime that targeted the Church of the French city of Rouen and the slaughter of Priest Jacques Hamel", calling for "prayer for the souls of martyrs."
Rahi paid condolences to the French state, President Francois Hollande, and the French people on the martyrdom of priest Jacques Hamel and the martyrs of Nice massacre, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded and stability in the region as well as in the whole world.
On the other hand, the Patriarch received at his Diman summer residence a French delegation headed by French presidential candidate Michele Alliot-Marie.
Rahi prayed God to "awaken the conscience of criminals and shake the international community from which we solicit more effective measures vis-a-vis terrorism which is threatening the entire world."
Patriarch Rahi also received the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II and discussed with him the conditions of Christians in Syria and Iraq amid the frequent terrorist attacks.
Rahi also met with Cyprus Maronite Archbishop, Youssef Suef, who briefed him on the situation of the Maronite community and the work of the Patriarchate liturgy Commission.
Source: National News Agency