Syrian Christian leaders meet on Christmas Day to discuss bringing peace to the war torn Middle Eastern state. The United States is backing rebels terrorizing the country., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Grand Mufti and Patriarch Yazigi: dialogue and peaceful solution only path to salvation
Dec 25, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – Heads of Christian denominations in Syria performed prayers for peace in Syria at the Mariamete Cathedral in Damascus led by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, John X Yazigi.
After prayers, Grnd Mufti of the Republic, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, called for promoting amity and peace and mercy as preached by Jesus Christ, stressing that Syria will survive whatever its enemies do.
The Grand Mufti warned Christians and Muslims against immigration, calling for investing their knowledge and money in the homeland and discarding fears of the destruction of Syria because it is the Syrian people who built the homeland and they will rebuild it.
For his part, Patriarch Yazigi stressed that dialogue and peaceful solution are the only path for Syria's salvation.
Patriarch Yazigi said, "The prayers and gathering at this church is a message of peace on behalf of us all on the occasion of Christmas. It is a message that cannot be expressed in words."
Prayers were attended by Secretary-General of the Arab Socialist Movement, Ahmad al-Ahmad, Minister of Culture, Lubana Mshawah, Minister of Foreign trade and Economy, Khuder Orfali, Minister of Social Affairs, Kinda al-Shammat, Minister of Tourism, Bisher Yazigi, Minister of State for Red Crescent Affairs, Joseph Sweid and a number of MPs and senior officials, in addition to foreign delegations from Russia, France, Australia and Lebanon.