BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai on Sunday once again confirmed his trip to occupied Jerusalem as part of the papal delegation later this month, saying he was aware of the limitations.
"I know my limits and I know that Lebanon considers Israel an enemy," local station MTV quoted him as saying. "Some Lebanese voice meaningless criticism," Rai added, according to MTV.
Rai confirmed earlier this week he would join the pope on his trip to occupied Jerusalem, becoming the first head of Lebanon’s Maronite Church to visit Israel since it was founded in 1948.
Urging the media to refrain from speculation, the head of Lebanon’s Catholic Media Center Father Abdo Abu Kasm said over the weekend that Rai will not meet Israeli officials when he travels to Jerusalem
“The patriarch will not meet any Israeli official and rumors about attempts to normalize relations [with Israel] are merely part of media analyses and are inaccurate,” he said.