Al-Rahi Prays for Political Breakthrough, Election of President

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi prayed on Sunday for Lebanon to witness a breakthrough for its political impasse.

Al-Rahi called on politicians, in particular Maronite figures, to elect a consensual president.

He reiterated that “the election of a new head of state safeguards the republic.”

Al-Rahi's statements came as he presided a mass at Our Lady of Lebanon basilica in Harissa.

Lebanon has been without a president since May last year when the term of Michel Suleiman ended without the election of a successor.

Ongoing disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise candidate have thwarted the election.

Hizbullah's Loyalty to the Resistance and MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform blocs have been boycotting the polls over the dispute.

Comments 7
Thumb ex-fpm 03 May 2015, 12:36

stop hiding behind your finger and call things as they are.

Thumb whyaskwhy 03 May 2015, 12:40

Good luck! lol

Missing humble 03 May 2015, 12:48

Dear Batrak
Thank you for a Magnificent Mass in Harissa and for your benediction with Maryam at the end of the Mass. Virgin Mary is the one protecting Lebanon. This is Her promise
Some people are trying to destroy the Christians For their personal interest. THEY WILL FAIL.

Thumb chrisrushlau 03 May 2015, 16:10

The Patriarch made his annual appeal to God to take away the Shia majority from Lebanon, reminding God that we all make mistakes, but that it is unforgivable to persistently avoid rectifying them.

Missing Ghazanfar 03 May 2015, 18:44

The Shia majority, where, what Shia majority?

Thumb nickjames 04 May 2015, 07:33

In normal countries, like the US, UK, Canada, Australia, the clergy prays for us not to sin, and in Lebanon the clergy prays for politicians to stop being corrupt. Amazing, ain't it?

Al-Rahi please step down. You exemplify the problem with Christians in Lebanon. Your church is just another political party. There needs to be reform, part of which is you handing the keys over to someone who is an actual cleric and not a politician.

Thumb whyaskwhy 04 May 2015, 10:14

Al Rahi is trying to please all and yet appear as if he is doing something. Its quite strange to see him powerless in a country run on religious proxies? however that could be a sign of things to come that he is loosing his sphere of influence as most Christians are tired of Clown and his antics and see that the Batrak does nothing. Oh well all good things come to an end I suppose and the Batrak seems to be loosing his power and abilities to impact change.