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Archbishop Mamberti visits Lebanon

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, visited Lebanon from 1 to 6 July.

He had meetings with the most senior Civil Authorities and took part in several important events of the Church in Lebanon, expressing the Holy See's special interest in the situation of this country whose development depends on political and social stability.

Archbishop Mamberti met H.B. Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch for Maronites, first at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerké on 1 July after his arrival and again the next day when he attended the ceremony for the presentation of the President Elias Hrawi Prize to H.B. Patriarch Sfeir for his witness in a society threatened with losing its reference points, hence Lebanon's daily, living example of “unity in plurality”.

In this country, whose location makes it a bridge between East and West, Archbishop Mamberti also met with senior State Authorities. He was invited to a lunch in his honour by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as to a dinner on 3 July in Bkerké with the Maronite Patriarch and the Bishops and priests who work with him.

On Sunday, 4 July he took part in a Eucharistic celebration at which Cardinal Sfeir presided.

Also present were participants in a meeting on the theme: “Caritas: Communion and Witness”, organized by “Caritas” Lebanon together with Caritas Internationalis in preparation for the upcoming Synod for the Middle East.

Another highlight of Archbishop Mamberti's visit was a luncheon given on Monday, 5 July, by Archbishop Paul Matar of Beirut for Maronites at his residence in Ain Saade. The Archbishop returned to Rome on 6 July.

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