BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman received a thank you note from Pope Benedict XVI over the warm welcome he recieved during his recent visit to Lebanon, a statement from Sleiman’s press office said Sunday.
“Pope Benedict sent a letter to the President thanking him over the warm welcome he received from the authorities and the people,” the statement said.
In his letter, the pontiff said the visit had a great impression over him and became an unforgettable memory to keep in his heart.
“I was very happy to meet with the Christian and Muslim religious dignitaries in the country, and I am glad I was given the chance to address everyone,” the pope’s letter said.
The pontiff also expressed hope that Lebanon would be able to keep up co-existence and cooperation among all its factions, saying he will always pray for the country.
Pope Benedict XVI paid a historic three-day visit to Lebanon from September 14, in which he was welcomed by mass rallies from different sects, Lebanon’s officials and religious dignitaries.
During his visit, the pontiff called on the Lebanese to reject strife and work for unity. He also praised the country’s diverse cultures and faiths, and Lebanon’s diverse sectarian system, which he said was unique.