Lebanon: Thousands attend funeral for fmr Maronite church patriarch in Beirut

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and Lebanese President Michel Aoun were among thousands who attended the state funeral of the former patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Christian church Cardinal Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in Beirut on Thursday. Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi who had succeeded Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir as the 77th Cardinal Patriarch of Antioch performed the ceremony's formalities... Еще. Starting Wednesday, two days of mourning were observed in Lebanon after the former Cardinal Patriarch passed away on May 12 at the age of 98. A little over a million Maronite Christians live in Lebanon, where they make up around 22 percent of the population, with a further two million living outside the country. Lebanon's president always comes from the Maronite community as part of Lebanon's long-standing confessional powersharing structure, which also reserves the roles of prime minister and the speaker of parliament for a Sunni and Shia Muslim respectively.
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