Youhanna X from Balamand: We'll Keep Seeking Christian Unity, Coexistence with Muslims

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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Youhanna X al-Yazigi arrived Wednesday at the Our Lady of Balamand Monastery, on the first visit to Lebanon after his enthronement as the new Greek Orthodox leader.

The patriarch was welcomed by official and popular delegations.

“Patriarch Youhanna X will stay in Lebanon for a week and will preside over a mass at the St. Nicolas Church on Sunday ahead of taking part in a lunch banquet thrown in his honor by Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh,” LBCI television reported.

“I salute His Excellency President Michel Suleiman and salute you all from the Our Lady of Balamand Monastery,” the patriarch said.

“We will keep seeking the longed-for unity among Christians and we will work together with our Muslim partners in order to consolidate coexistence with them,” Youhanna X stressed.

He called on all Lebanese to “cooperate in building a country that does not accept diktats from abroad.”

“The concerns of the Lebanese citizen will be our concerns because we cannot prosper on our own and our goal is everyone's prosperity,” the patriarch added.

Youhanna X met on Monday with Syrian President Bashar Assad, a day after the newly-enthroned leader appealed for dialogue and peace in war-torn Syria.

On Sunday, the patriarch voiced hope that "Syria, the government and the people, will find the gate of salvation through dialogue and a peaceful political solution to avert violence and re-establish the stability and peace Syria has always known."

Youhanna X's enthronement took place on Sunday in the Syrian capital Damascus, in a ceremony attended by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi.

Comments 4
Default-user-icon trueself (Guest) 13 February 2013, 21:32

Coexistence of the Christians with the Muslims is not an option; it’s an obligation for the Christians of the Middle East at least. The Christians of Lebanon still enjoy a good amount of power and a good relationship with the Muslims, especially the Sunnis who are majority in the Arab world. I am not afraid about the blight of the Christians in Lebanon. As to their blight in Syria after the regime is toppled, is but anyone’s guess. This coexistence should be treasured because it’s good for all nations. If every religion caves on itself, fanaticism flourishes leading to violence and wars. The Christians of the Middle East are a balancing power where they are. God bless them with wise leaders.

Thumb kanaandian 13 February 2013, 23:29

Can Muslims co-exist with the Christians (they can hardly co-exist with themselves), that is where the problem is. We can co-exist with anyone, just look at our society and then the Islami world. They can't tolerate anything that's different, some exception in Lebanon, but mostly everywhere else it doesn't look good. Look at Europe for God sakes!

Missing rafehh 14 February 2013, 02:21

What are you talking about. Many Lebanese Muslims study at "Christian"-religeous schools. Two of the most highly regarded schools in Lebanon are founded by Christian religeous orders and are high thought-after by Muslim students and their parents.

Thumb kanaandian 14 February 2013, 07:56

yea lebanon is an exception as i said, with some exceptions.