Archbishop Lahham: “Hattar was assassinated due to differences with bigots”

Posted on Sep 28, 2016

Fuheis, The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, September 28, 2016 – Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan Archbishop Maroun Lahham has said that the assassination of journalist Nahed Hatter “neither happened because he is Christian nor because he had insulted Islam. It took place because of differences in the thoughts and views with some bigots.” He stressed that “the differences in views are not crime but rather mercy since differences can be addressed through debate and dialogue rather than through violence and bloodshed. When the bullet becomes the only means of dialogue and settling disputes, then terrorism will have paralyzed our feeling and respect for others who are actually God’s creation.”

In his homily at the requiem Mass celebrated at the Latin Church in Fuheis on Wednesday, September 28, he added:”We are not to pass judgment on anybody for we have full confidence in the fairness of judicial system and the government’s role in preserving security and conviviality as they set a model for the neighboring countries which are floundering around in pain and blood.We are here to pray. We pray to maintain Jordan a united and a loving family. We pray that God would fill everyone with His mercy and love. We pray so that believers would view in religions that God is mercy and love. We pray that God would enlighten the heart of the killer so that he would see the glory of God in love rather than in death. We pray that God would have mercy on Nahed and accept him in His Kingdom, where there is genuine freedom and happiness as well as where the word love serves as the decisive factor. It is an unlimited love since it is as large as God’s heart and since the most beautiful title of God is only love.”

Concluding his homily, Archbishop Lahham said: “We pray for the deceased’s family. We hope that their Christian faith will be their consolation. Nahed is not dead. He is rather alive in the company of his mother, Virgin Mary, the angels and the saints in the House of the Almighty. On behalf of the Latin Patriarchate which includes archbishops, bishops, priests, deacons and nuns, I convey my heartfelt condolences to his mother, wife, children, brothers, as well as the Hatter and Naber families in Jordan and abroad. May his soul rest in peace. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

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