Al-Rahi Washes Feet of Roumieh Inmates, Urges Quick Trials

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi washed the feet of 12 prisoners on Holy Thursday, calling for the quick trial of inmates who have been held without receiving sentences.

During his sermon at Roumieh prison, al-Rahi considered every person “innocent until proven guilty.”

The patriarch also called on the state to assume full responsibilities towards the prisoners.

Earlier, al-Rahi washed and kissed the feet of a dozen prisoners in Roumieh, Lebanon's largest prison, which has roughly 4,000 inmates.

The ceremony was held in the courtyard of the 200,000 square meter prison's block D.

The feet washing ritual commemorates Jesus' gesture of humility towards his apostles the night before he was crucified.

Top security and military officials attended the rite.



Comments 26
Thumb -phoenix1 17 April 2014, 13:12

Respects Ghoubtatel Batrak. Thank you.

Thumb FlameCatcher 17 April 2014, 13:32

Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone :)

Thugs and lowlives are currently in parliament ! And their disciples not only kiss their feet, but their XXX everyday !

Default-user-icon Paid Thinker (Guest) 17 April 2014, 13:38

Very well said

Thumb -phoenix1 17 April 2014, 13:40

Come off it Phil will you, refer to what FC wrote, that is the real spirit indeed. Thanks FC.

Thumb -phoenix1 18 April 2014, 11:54

Happy Easter to you too Wolf and to all your beloved ones. Stay blessed bro.

Thumb Abubakr 17 April 2014, 13:43

He aint touchin mine.

Thumb thefool 17 April 2014, 15:08

Isn't it in Christianity's doctrine to forgive.
"Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone". - Jesus

Default-user-icon tantoun (Guest) 17 April 2014, 15:18

the Pope did the same thing last year people!

Thumb lebanon_first 17 April 2014, 16:24

Phil. It is a lesson of humility that the patriarch wants to give the people. It is about going to the lowest rungs of society (incarcerated prisonners) and showing humility.

If our politicians shed a bit from the tons of arrogance they have, and learn from the patriarch, that will be a plus.

Missing helicopter 17 April 2014, 16:37

Lets save the arguments for more worthwhile issues fellow posters. The Patriarch is entitled to this act, whether it is genuine or a publicity stunt only he knows. There will always be as many opinions as posters, but this particular act is of low priority to me (my opinion). Real humility lies in how we lead our lives every day not in any particular act. Wishing you all a good Easter.

Thumb -phoenix1 17 April 2014, 17:05

Phil, bro, easy, take it easy, FT, James and everyone just feel offended by your remarks, personally I feel that you could have said it in a better way, knowing that you oppose Rahi's positions. Please bro, it's just a debate, just cool it, tomorrow is Good Friday, let's just uphold the good spirit.

Missing people-power 17 April 2014, 17:19

"Naharnet... These acts are being recorded"

hahahahahahahahahahahaha I can't stop laughing!!

The bore is threatening Naharnet!!!

What are you going to do Bore, have Naharnet shut down?

If that happens, what will you do for a living? Go back to selling drugs on your scooter? How will you spend your time?

Missing jeff070 17 April 2014, 17:34

"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly" Matthew 6:1-4.

Missing jeff070 17 April 2014, 17:38

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves" Phillipians 2:3

Missing theobserver 17 April 2014, 18:30

actually phil, this is what i thought at first : Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, not those of thugs and lowlives.
But then I remembered that he washed the feet of Judas knowing well that he's gonna betray him !

Missing rayes13 17 April 2014, 18:40

You absolutely right, look how Dr Samir Geagea , Hi realize the truth so hi can walk on the right path again.

Default-user-icon Tony (Guest) 17 April 2014, 18:57

I am so proud of being Christian and thank you Patriarch for showing the real values of Christianity. It is about forgiveness, aboud openess to other, it is about tolerance. Patriarch Rahi showed our key values : humility, forgiveness, peace and openess. Revenge, wars, hatered, enemity, killings...all these are not linked to the real good values. Let Gid judge the people, who are we to judge ? We will all be judged, all. Happy Eastier to all

Default-user-icon Roland (Guest) 17 April 2014, 20:27

Seriously?!! Judah was among the disciples! What Judah did is 100 times worse than what these criminals did! Yet Jesus washed his feet!

Thumb zahle1 17 April 2014, 20:50

+1 I agree, I may not agree with the Patriarch's politics but this was a perfect demonstration of being Christ like.

Thumb Abubakr 17 April 2014, 21:02

Take it easy James Bond.. It wasn't meant to be offensive.

Thumb Abubakr 17 April 2014, 21:06

Why the stupid debate guys? come on, it's a religious ceremony, nothing to argue, unless you want to attack christians, only making most of u here look like complete fools. Some talk nonsense.. Like terrorist/cedre and the list goes on..

Thumb Abubakr 17 April 2014, 21:06

Why the stupid debate guys? come on, it's a religious ceremony, nothing to argue, unless you want to attack christians, only making most of u here look like complete fools. Some talk nonsense.. Like terrorist/cedre and the list goes on..

Default-user-icon tg (Guest) 17 April 2014, 21:18

Love you Rai! Deepest and Utmost Respect!
Love you Rai! Deepest and Utmost Respect
Love you Rai! Deepest and Utmost Respect

Missing jeff070 17 April 2014, 21:37

"For the message of the cross is FOOLISHNESS to those who are PERISHING, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18

Thumb galaxy 18 April 2014, 09:42

flamethrower, you do report posts and you have many aliases. You are rude, arrogant and ignorant. You insult people for no reason and you act as if you own this forum. You are the pure definition of a troll.

Missing ssnp4life 18 April 2014, 15:18

Good stunt .