Lebanon Catholic radio station bombed

A Catholic-run radio station in Lebanon was destroyed in a bombing attack at the weekend, the latest in a series of attacks in Lebanon's Christian areas.

Catholic News Service reports that the attack was an apparent response to the station's campaign regarding the plight of Lebanese detained in Syrian prisons.

The Voice of Charity, operated by the Congregation of Maronite Lebanese Missionaries in the port city of Jounieh since 1984, was completely destroyed in the attack, caused by an estimated 50 pounds of explosives in the main square outside the building. One person was killed, and more than 20 were injured. Several adjoining buildings were also destroyed in the blast.

On the day of the attack, the Voice of Charity broadcast live from outside Beirut's U.N. house, where families of Lebanese detainees staged a sit-in. Approximately 600 Lebanese -- including two Maronite priests -- have been either missing or detained in Syrian prisons since Lebanon's civil war, which ended in 1989. Syrian authorities have denied the existence of the prisoners, and the Lebanese government has ignored the issue.

Former prisoners of Syria recounted their experiences of torture in Syria's prisons during the Voice of Charity's live broadcast, and family members of current prisoners shared their frustrations about not knowing about their loved ones. The daylong programming also included prayers and a Mass celebrated for the intention of the prisoners.

Catholic-run radio station in Lebanon bombed; one person killed (Catholic News Service 9/5/05)

Catholic Radio Station Bombed in Lebanon (Zenit 9/5/05)

11 May 2005