Maronite patriarch to make historic Jerusalem trip | Maan News Agency

The patriarch of the Maronite church will travel to Jerusalem next month to greet Pope Francis, the first head of his Lebanon-based denomination to visit since Israel’s creation in 1948, he said Friday.

“The pope is going to the Holy Land and Jerusalem. He is going to the diocese of the patriarch, so it’s normal that the patriarch should welcome him,” Beshara Rai told AFP by telephone from France.

Rai’s visit is diplomatically noteworthy because Lebanon remains technically at war with Israel and bans its citizens from entering the country.

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