Al-Rahi Says Vacuum Unacceptable, History Stained with Blood

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stressed on Monday that it was unacceptable for the presidential vacuum to last more than a year, hoping for a divine “interference” in the country's blood-stained history.

“We continue to pray for the election of a president, for stability and for a comprehensive reconciliation,” al-Rahi said at the opening of the synod of Maronite Bishops in Bkirki.

“No one accepts for the presidential vacuum to last a year,” he said in his address to the bishops.

Al-Rahi warned that the vacuum at Baabda Palace is leading to the disintegration of constitutional institutions.

The country's top Christian post has been vacant since President Michel Suleiman's six-year tenure ended in May 2014. The rival MPs have been unable to elect a successor since then.

Al-Rahi said the bishops are praying for peace in the Middle East.

“Prayer is the best solution for God's interference in our history which is stained by the blood of war and terror,” he added.

The synod is scheduled to last till Thursday.

Comments 5
Thumb ex-fpm 15 June 2015, 09:57

yes, prayer is very good.

Default-user-icon Is Jesus Christ Lord ? (Guest) 15 June 2015, 13:03

prayer isn't the answer dear Patriarch... its the One to whom we are praying to that is the only answer... The Lord Jesus Christ.

Thumb -phoenix1 16 June 2015, 14:44

"And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves". This is what you night have forgotten, this is why now is the time for Bkerke to do as the Lord did, make good on its will.

Missing humble 15 June 2015, 17:01

Why should we trust an Iranian Caporal?

Thumb -phoenix1 15 June 2015, 19:26

Your Eminence, give the order and it shall be done, end of story.