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Russian Church may help resolve Palestinian-Israeli conflict

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http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7905

15 November 2010

Russian Orthodox Church may help resolve Palestinian-Israeli conflict
- Lebanese Premier


Moscow, November 15, Interfax - Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad al-Din
al-Hariri has called on the Russian Orthodox Church to assist with
the establishment of a Palestinian state.

"We would like your church to help solve the conflict over Holy Land
and Palestine. Palestinians must be able to return home and have a
state with the capital in Jerusalem," al-Hariri told Patriarch Kirill
of Moscow and All Russia in Moscow on Monday.

If that happens, "a lot of factors giving rise to terrorism,
extremism and bad relations between religions will be gone," he said.

The Middle East conflict is the central problem of the region for
everyone, "including Muslims, Christians and Judaists," al-Hariri said.

Lebanon adheres to the peaceful coexistence of Christians and
Muslims, which is regulated with laws and agreements that have
stopped the feud, he said.

All the leading religious communities "take part in state
administration" and it is important that they realize both their
rights and responsibilities for the future of the country," he said.

"I believe that the coexistence of Muslims and Christians is
absolutely necessary for Lebanon as the only way to prevent the
country from falling and burying people under its debris," the Premier said.


 

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Irish Hermit said:
http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7905

15 November 2010

Russian Orthodox Church may help resolve Palestinian-Israeli conflict
- Lebanese Premier


Moscow, November 15, Interfax - Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad al-Din
al-Hariri has called on the Russian Orthodox Church to assist with
the establishment of a Palestinian state.

"We would like your church to help solve the conflict over Holy Land
and Palestine. Palestinians must be able to return home and have a
state with the capital in Jerusalem," al-Hariri told Patriarch Kirill
of Moscow and All Russia in Moscow on Monday.

If that happens, "a lot of factors giving rise to terrorism,
extremism and bad relations between religions will be gone," he said.

The Middle East conflict is the central problem of the region for
everyone, "including Muslims, Christians and Judaists," al-Hariri said.

Lebanon adheres to the peaceful coexistence of Christians and
Muslims, which is regulated with laws and agreements that have
stopped the feud, he said.

All the leading religious communities "take part in state
administration" and it is important that they realize both their
rights and responsibilities for the future of the country," he said.

"I believe that the coexistence of Muslims and Christians is
absolutely necessary for Lebanon as the only way to prevent the
country from falling and burying people under its debris," the Premier said.
My brother just returned from an Orthodox two week pilgrimage to the Holy Land and was most struck by the large numbers of Russians and Ukrainians both on pilgrimage and living there. So, perhaps the Church can indeed be of assistance.
 

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podkarpatska said:
My brother just returned from an Orthodox two week pilgrimage to the Holy Land and was most struck by the large numbers of Russians and Ukrainians both on pilgrimage and living there. So, perhaps the Church can indeed be of assistance.
Russian Orthodox Christians are now the majority Christians in the Holy Land.

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/print.php?act=news&id=5819

Summary of article:

Russian-speaking Orthodox believers today outnumber Orthodox Arabs in the Jerusalem Patriarchate -- according to Metropolitan Timothy, the Jerusalem patriarchate's Secretary General. Some statistics indicate 300,000 Russian Orthodox while others state no more than 150,000. In either case, they outnumber the Arab Orthodox faithful.

This will have some impact on the future of the Patriarchate.


For more information on this please go to this thread and read Message 93, and also Message 82
http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,19663.90.html
 

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Wherever you go in the Holy Land, you will see Greek flags. May be it's time to see Russian flags...better still no flags apart from the Taufon of the Holy Sepulcher.
 
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