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Cardinal Sfeir's Farewell

The coffin of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir arrived in Bkirki Wednesday, after which mourners gathered for a prayer service expected to continue late into the night. Sfeir's funeral will take place in the town, the seat of the Maronite Church, Thursday.

  • Former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir's body leaves Hotel Dieu hospital in a large coffin made of Lebanese olive and cedar wood, designed by Bsharri-born sculptor Rudy Rahme. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • Women throw flower petals and rice at the hearse carrying Sfeir's body in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • School students wave Lebanese and Vatican flags as they watch the hearse carrying the coffin of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • Women carry pictures of Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • People wave Lebanese and Vatican flags as they watch the hearse carrying the coffin of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • The coffin of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir arrives in Bkirki. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • Priests carry the coffin of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir as it arrives in Bkirki. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • Women throw flower petals at the coffin of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in Bkirki. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • A nun prays as the coffin of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir arrives in Bkirki. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • Priests carry the coffin of former Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir at the church in Bkirki. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

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