Pope's appeal to Lebanon warring factions

Pope Benedict has warned that Lebanon’s survival rests on resolving the political deadlock ahead of the country’s looming presidential election.

Addressing the faithful in St Peter’s square yesterday, the Holy Father said the forthcoming election is "a crucial passage, upon which depends the very survival of Lebanon and its institutions".

Catholic News Agency reports that he added that he shares Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir's concerns about the divisions among the nation’s political leaders.

“I desire that all Lebanese can see themselves represented in the new president,” the Pope said.

“I pray all interested parties take the necessary distance from personal interests and have true passion for common good,” he said.

The election is set for 21 November, three days before current President Emile Lahoud’s mandate expires.

SOURCE
Critical Situation Elections crucial to Lebanon’s survival; Pope Benedict prays for solution(Sydney Morning Herald, 11/11/07)

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Cardinal Pierre Nasrallah Sfeir
Maronite Church, Lebanon

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