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Rahi: Institutional nation building begins by electing a head of state then proceeding downwards.

NNA - Institutional nation - building begins by electing a head of state then proceeding downwards, Maronite patriarch Bshara Rahi, stressed in his Sunday sermon at Bkirki today. Assisted by four bishops, the patriarch recited verses from the New Testament Gospels of Luke depicting the apostles' following in the footsteps of Jesus to the contrary of those who persecuted and crucified him. Blessed be the one who'd caused the Blind to see, the patriarch retorted. Having welcomed Maronite clerics living and working in Poland and the USA, patriarch Rahi briefed them over an imminent Maronite Synod's working liturgical agenda including certain spiritual exercises in the offing as he said. The patriarch also quoted verses from the Gospels of John and exhorted his congregation to firmly believe in them in a bid to fathom solid foundations of the Church; personal relations with Christ are essential for our wellbeing and for enabling us to distinguish between the Good and the Bad, between Truth and lies, Rahi said. Crisis - ridden families and communities are largely due to a malfunction in our relationship with God and this relates to the disintegration of the state as well, he added. Politicians therewith, need to do away with their malpractice by halting all bickering among themselves and, by reviving the state institutions which remain over and above narrow egotistic interests, Rahi went on. Also beseeching the international community to put an end to Middle Eastern conflicts, the patriarch concluded that by making peace between the belligerents, the displaced and the kidnapped could be repatriated to their homes and properties. ====G.G./R.K.

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