File - Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, center, attends the 45th conference of the Council of Catholic Bishops in Bkirki, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. (The Daily Star/Elie Mansour)
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The Maronite Church will issue a National Charter next week, Patriarch Beshara Rai said Tuesday, with sources saying the document would call for coexistence in Lebanon and highlight the need to hold presidential polls on time.The head of the Maronite Church said the charter would be announced next Wednesday following the monthly meeting of the Council of Maronite Bishops at Bkirki.Speaking to The Daily Star, Khazen added that the document aimed to revive the role of Christians in Lebanon and was the beginning of a series of events to mark 100 years since the establishment of Greater Lebanon in 1920 .In September 2000, following a meeting under Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, the Council of Maronite Bishops called for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and for Hezbollah to hand over its weapons arsenal to the state.
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