NNA - As part of his visit to the Cypriot island, Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi, on Thursday visited Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, in Nicosia.
Talks between the pair reportedly discussed the reality of the Orthodox and Maronite churches in villages located within the Turkish sector in northern Cyprus and the challenges they’ve been facing.
As for the situation in Lebanon, Patriarch Al-Rahi affirmed that "the main problem in Lebanon is politics, followed by social and economic crises, yet it’s possible that the solution lies not in the Lebanese people’s hands; however, we still believe that our homeland is a country of freedom, openness, coexistence and democracy, and we all hope that it will rise from the prevailing stagnation," Al-Rahi said, asking of the Cypriot Archbishop "to pray Lebanon and Cyprus."
At the end of the meeting, Al-Rahi presented to the Archbishop an icon of Our Lady of Lebanon, as a token of love and appreciation.
Al-Rahi and his accompanying delegation also visited the monastery of Saint Rafqa of the Antonine Sisters in Nicosia.