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Maronite Patriarch renews call for International Community to help displaced Syrians return home

The Syria Times reports that “Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rahi has renewed his call on the international community to help the displaced Syrians return to their homeland.”

Patriarch al-Rahi stated that certain governments are purposely preventing the return of Syrian refugees due to geo-political machinations “which have nothing to do with human values.”

Patriarch al-Rahi previously affirmed back in April that “some international parties don’t want displaced Syrians to return home” because it “serves their political interests.”

This horrific fact was also affirmed by the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and other government ministers to one of The Saint George Educational Trust’s founding trustees during a recent visit to The Lebanon.

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Maronite Bishops’ Grave Concern

“The Bishops of the Maronite Church have voiced grave concern over the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan,” reports Independent Catholic News.

Asia News adds that: “The Maronite Church has clearly condemned the decision of the U.S. president, Donald Trump, to support Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights…….. the monthly meeting of the Assembly of Maronite bishops, under the chairmanship of Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, in the patriarchal see of Bkerké, ended with a statement that ‘this decision constitutes a violation of international law and paper of the United Nations, and the right of every people to recover their stripped and occupied territory.’ This principle – the bishops add – also applies to the right of Lebanon to recover what is still occupied on its soil.”

Meanwhile, The Syria Times reports that the Maronite patriarch “has stressed that some influential countries don’t want the Syrian refugees to return home.

‘The problem today lies with the huge powers, since they do not want to facilitate the refugees return. These countries insist not to separate the refugees case from the political solution in Syria. However, if the status quo persists, it foretells of future risks’ .”