by Dr. Susan Berry
Acknowledging their “fraternal closeness” to Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and giving “a special thought” to the Coptic Catholics suffering during the violence in Egypt, the Vatican Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches also expressed that “dialogue and reconciliation” is the only way to restore peace in that country.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/08/26/Vatican-Prefect-On-Egypt-Dialogue-And-Reconciliation-Only-Way-ForwardThe Patriarch, who is based in Lebanon also noted that other countries, especially in the West but also elsewhere, are helping to foment these conflicts. He said that Christians seek security and stability and he spoke of how throughout the Arab world Christians respect the institutions, the authorities and the constitution. Cardinal Rai said that the presence of Christians in Arab countries has created a certain moderation in the Muslim world. Speaking about the tensions between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Christian community in Egypt, the Maronite Patriarch said it was clear that once in power the Brotherhood would seek Shariah law, which Christians were against. Christians, he said want a reformed and democratic Egypt, an Egypt that knows how to respect human rights.