Lebanon Wonders After… · April 05, 2011
Benedict XVI met with Michel Suleiman, president of Lebanon in late February. As usual, the Lebanese president met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pontiff’s secretary of state, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states.
The discussions highlighted the role of Lebanon, which tolerates a coexistence of a mix of religious cultures including Christian and Muslims, and promoted further ecumenical discussions.
The discussion also addressed the conflicts in the Middle East and the Lebanese and Vatican role in helping to resolve them.
The Lebanese constitution of 1926 requires that the president be a Maronite Christian (a distinct Catholic rite). The executive counsel of ministers is presided over by a Sunni Muslim. It is claimed that this provides stability though Lebanon has had its share of violence in recent years.
“All the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3.
“Used with permission of Keep the Faith Ministry – Prophetic Intelligence Briefings”