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Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Beshara Boutros Rahi, said Sunday that Lebanese officials are required to tell the truth at all times and to practice justice.
"Our Christian identity is not inseparable from our message. Therefore, we, in Lebanon and the Levant, have to remain faithful to the message entrusted to us by the Lord Christ, which is, telling the truth, practicing justice, building bridges of brotherhood and cooperation, consolidating peace, and standing against oppression, tyranny and assault on human life," Rahi said during a Mass service in Bkirki today.
The Patriarch did not miss the chance to remind about Palestine by calling on the international community, Palestinians, Arab and Christians to urge U.S. President Donald Trump "to withdraw his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his decision to move the US embassy to it."
"Declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel means the Judaization of al-Quds and the demise of Christian and Islamic characteristics, igniting the war once again," Rahi went on.
On the other hand, the Cardinal praised the decision of the UN General Assembly in rejecting America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and criticized the U.S. reaction to said decision by saying, "Once again, America is hostile to democracy, peoples' rights and peace."
Rahi concluded his sermon by hoping that this coming Christmas and festive season would dispel all conflicts and wars, as well as political, economic, living and social crises, putting an end to poverty and deprivation around the world.
Source: National News Agency