(Update) Rahi bids farewell to Sfeir: He was Dean of the Maronite Church and Patriarch of Lebanon's Second Independence

Thu 16 May 2019 at 19:31 Politics

NNA - Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi, on Thursday evening presided over the funeral in Bkerke for the late Patriarch Emeritus, Cardinal Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir.

Attending the state funeral had been President of the Republic General Michel Aoun, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, representing French President Emmanuel Macron, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bukhari, representing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kuwari representing the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad, Jordan's Cherge D'Affaire Wafa Al-Aytam representing King of Jordan Abdullah II, Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ashraf Dabour representing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Ambassador Christina Rafti representing Cypriot President.

The funeral was also attended by House Speaker, Nabih Berri, Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, and scores of Lebanese officials, ministers, ambassadors, diplomats and dignitaries.

In his word at the funeral, Patriarch Rahi eulogized the late Cardinal 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 funeral mass 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.

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