Catholic leaders in Lebanon urged the international community to stop wars and bring peace to the Middle East, and they said Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, would carry that message to Saudi Arabia today, on Monday 13th November.
At the end of the 6th-10th November session of the Catholic Council of the Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon, the prelates said their pain ‘is the continuation of wars in the countries of the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen, which have shaken the stability and peace and caused the programmed demolition and the ravages and misfortunes of innocent citizens’.
Their meeting followed the 4th November resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, announced from Saudi Arabia.
Before that announcement, Cardinal Rai was scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman.
It will be the first time a cardinal officially visits Saudi Arabia and the first visit of an Eastern patriarch to the kingdom since Greek Orthodox Patriarch Elias IV of Antioch in 1975.
Picture: Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon and his wife Lara, during a 13th October private audience at the Vatican. Following the prime minister’s 4th November resignation, Catholic leaders in Lebanon urged the international community and players concerned to stop wars and bring peace to the Middle East. (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti, Reuters).