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Pope: St Martin, a global model of solidarity
Benedict XVI asks the international community to build a world where there is food, medicine and work for all and where intellectual and energy resources are shared. A prayer for Lebanon, so that parties detach themselves from “personal interests” and show “true passion for the common good” as crucial presidential elections are delayed for a third time.
Sfeir: if a president is not elected the nation risks annihilation
Following the Pope’s appeal, the Patriarch recalls parliamentarians to their “national duty” and evokes a dark prospective. Contrasting voices regarding the cardinals convoking of Christian leaders and on the possibility he present a list of candidates.
The week begins in a climate of distrust ahead of the crucial choice for Head of State
Vetoes block the list of consensus candidates drawn up by the Patriarch Sfeir to succeed the current President of the Republic whose term ends on the 24th. International diplomacy is intensified.
Presidential “War list” begins
Maronite Patriarch Sfeir yesterday presented his list of candidates for the Presidential elections. Local press speculates on names, which could single out between 6 and 12 candidates. The UN invites “all Lebanese leaders to take on their responsibility”.
17/02/2008 VATICAN - LEBANON
Pope: The Transfiguration and the way of the Cross. An appeal for Lebanon
Benedict XVI asks politicians of the Lebanese nation to find the ways of reconciliation, and choose a head of state. At the reflection before the Angelus, he emphasises the Transfiguration, as an anticipation of the resurrection, which presupposes following Jesus on the way of the Cross.
31/10/2008 VATICAN - LEBANON
Pope reminds President Suleiman of his "attention" to Lebanon
The Holy See expresses its appreciation for the efforts of the country's leaders to return life in the nation back to normal. Hopes for a just and rapid solution to the Palestinian question.
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