NNA - Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi eulogized the late Patraicrh Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir as the "Dean of the Maronite Church and the Patriarch of Lebanon's Second Independence and Reconciliation."
"The late Patriarch shall only be absent in body but shall live on through his spread deeds," Patriarch Rahi mourned Sfeir at the state funeral in Bkerke.
Rahi deemed the late Patriarch as a personality that does not repeat itself and a great national loss.
According to Rahi's words, the deceased "was in constant coordination with Pope John Paul II, he met with leaders of great states and was constantly concerned about the Maronite Church while carrying out liturgical reform."
The Patriarch also mourned Sfeir as a man with a resolute and unyielding position.
"The late Patriarch strengthened the bonds of national unity, rebuilt the state by eliminating the power of statelets and promoted national coexistence," said the prelate at the Requiem for the deceased Patriarch.