Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir urged Sunday the residents of Zahle to unite and reach agreements regardless of their religious beliefs, stressing that their solidarity is strength, while their division is a weakness.
He made his statements during his Sunday sermon at the Mar Maroun Cathedral in the city of Zahle, during which he called on Christian politicians to exercise forgiveness, adding: “They know that their religion is forgiveness and love.”
“Through unity, we protect our present, prepare our future, bolster our presence and make it beneficial for us and others,” he stated.
The Patriarch arrived in the city amid warm popular celebrations, and the sermon was attended by Tourism Minister Fadi Aboud, representing President Michel Suleiman, MP Abdel Latif al-Zein, representing House Speaker Nabih Berri, and Minister Adnan al-Qassar, representing Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Prior to his arrival at the Cathedral, Sfeir was presented with the key to the city from the head of the Zahle municipal council, Joseph Diab Maalouf, upon which he said: “We sought for Bkirki to be for everyone ever since we have assumed our responsibilities” of the Patriarchate.
Sfeir added: “Nations are like individuals, and people need mutual cooperation among each other, and this is what we are calling for,” similar to what is taking place between neighboring nations.