Deisis (Novogorod)

Pontiff Urges Lebanese to Focus on Common Good

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says Lebanon and its institutions are at risk, as the country prepared for presidential elections.

In a message delivered after praying the midday Angelus today, the Pope asked Lebanese politicians to leave personal interests aside and to focus together on the common good.

The Holy Father observed that the Lebanese Parliament will soon be called to elect a new head of state. Initially scheduled for Monday, the legislature postponed the election of a new president until Nov. 21. The term of Emile Lahoud, the current president, ends Nov. 24.

This is already the second postponement of presidential elections. According to Lebanon’s Constitution, the president must come from the Maronite Catholic minority.

Benedict XVI noted, "As numerous initiatives undertaken in recent days have shown, this is a crucial moment on which depends the very survival of Lebanon and its institutions."

The Holy Father made his own "the concerns recently expressed by the Maronite patriarch, His Beatitude Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, and his desire that the new president recognize all Lebanese."

The Pope invoked Mary to "inspire in all the parties involved the necessary detachment from personal interests and a true passion for the common good."

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Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

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