Maronite patriarch fears effect of Syrian conflict on Lebanon

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ANTIOCH, Turkey -- Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai of Antioch, the head of the Maronite Church, has warned that the armed conflict in Syria is affecting neighboring Lebanon and could trigger a major conflict in the country. "The civil war in Syria between the Sunni majority and the Alawite minority has already begun to have an impact on the Sunnis and Alawites in north Lebanon, in Tripoli and Akkar," the patriarch said last week, speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity that has provided emergency aid for victims of the Syrian conflict.

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