Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, arrived in Rome on Thursday where he was welcomed by Ambassador of Lebanon to the Holy See, Dr. Farid Al-Khazen, and other senior religious figures and dignitaries.

Upon his arrival in Rome, Rahi headed to the Maronite Pontifical Institute, where he recited a gratitude prayer to God at Saint Maroun church.

In the evening, he performed rosary prayers, in conjunction with those taking place in Bkerki, with the intention of peace in Lebanon and the countries of the Middle East.

Rahi called for praying for Lebanon, especially for the unity of the Lebanese people. He stressed that Lebanon’s value was based on its cultural and sectarian diversity.

Moreover, the Maronite Patriarch expressed his dismay and regret for the ill-fated scuffles that took place outside Al-Jazeera restaurant last night. He highlighted herein the need to preserve Lebanon’s internal and national unity.

“We always feel that Lebanon’s entire value lies in its coexistence,” he added, calling for prayers for the country’s resurrection and for political, economic, and financial stability.

Rahi also hoped that Lebanon’s new political family will be able to tailor a road map for the country’s resurrection and advancement through the newly adopted ministerial policy.

“In the face of the grave situation that Lebanon is enduring nowadays, we must forget all our differences for the salvation of our homeland, which represents all our dignity, our destiny, and the meaning of our existence,” Rahi added.

“If we do not help each other for the advancement of our homeland, no foreign country will be willing to help us,” he added.

Source: National News Agency

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