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Vatican envoy, Orthodox gathering discuss Christian presence in region

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  • John Brian
    Vatican envoy, Orthodox gathering discuss Christian presence in region December 09, 2011 04:16 PM The Daily Star (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::
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      Vatican envoy, Orthodox gathering discuss Christian presence in region

      December 09, 2011 04:16 PM


      The Daily Star
      (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)



      BEIRUT: The Vatican's ambassador to Lebanon, Bishop Gabriel Caccia, met
      Friday with a delegation from the Orthodox gathering to discuss the
      situation of Christians in the Middle East given recent changes in the
      region.

      The gathering's secretary-general Michel Tueni, who headed the delegation,
      which included former MP Elie Ferzli, discussed with Caccia the situation of
      Christians in the east, particularly in Lebanon, in light of recent regional
      changes.

      Tueni said that details of the gathering's proposal for a new electoral law
      in the country, which the organization is studying, were also discussed.

      Lebanese Christians are working on a draft electoral law for the upcoming
      2013 parliamentary elections. Bkirki, the seat of the Maronite Patriarchate,
      is studying ways to better represent Christians in Lebanon.

      The Cabinet is currently evaluating a draft law for electoral law based on
      proportional representation, presented by Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.

      The Orthodox gathering, which includes businessmen, politicians and Greek
      Orthodox clerics, was formed earlier this year in protest at what they say
      is the marginalization of the Greek Orthodox sect in Lebanon.

      "[The proposal] would provide equal representation and would be in line with
      the Taif Accord," the National News Agency quoted Tueni as saying about the
      draft law Friday.

      Caccia spoke to the delegation about the work of the Vatican which aims at
      maintaining the Christian presence in the East.



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