BEIRUT: Cardinal Beshara Rai said Saturday that Christians should act to stop the spread of fundamentalism and terrorism in the region.
“The Christian presence in the east dates back over two thousand years and it is essential to spreading the values of peace, love and co-existence,” Rai said in a sermon marking the Holy Cross Day, speaking from Romania’s Bucharest.
“The Christians cannot tolerate or allow the spread of terrorism and fundamentalism in the Middle East,” he said.
Celebrations were held in different Lebanese regions to mark the Holy Cross Day celebration, and leading religious figures held services for the occasion.
In north Lebanon, a service was held in Koura at the Saint Barbara monastery in Ras Masqa town.
The town’s priest Father Nicolas Daoud presided over a ceremony and stressed the importance the cross had for Christians.
The town was decorated with candles spread on the roads and at the roofs of buildings.
In Jezzine, a celebration was held in Mar Maroun church for the Feast of the Holy Cross.