The Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai saluted on Sunday in his homily “all the beloved ones in southern Lebanon who stand strong with the power of faith despite the war.”

On the occasion of the general meeting of the Family Welfare Society at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, Rai called on officials to “make efforts towards the common national goal, on the basis of sound democracy that constitutes Lebanon’s system as a parliamentary democratic republic, to compete for the sake of the people and the state.”