President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, received this Friday at the Baabda Palace a delegation of Patriarchs of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, who are holding their second general meeting in Lebanon since 1997 at the new headquarters of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate in Bikfaya.
The delegation comprised Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the see of St. Mark, Pope Tawadros II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and the rest of the East, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, and the head of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church Aram I.
President Aoun welcomed the delegation and expressed his happiness to participate in the opening ceremony of the new patriarchal headquarters, wishing that "this opening will be a qualitative leap and a renewed spiritual and humanitarian step forward."
Aoun reiterated his personal care for the future of the Eastern Christian presence in this region of the world, saying that "Christianity is a testimony and an act of permanent resurrection and hope."
"The history of the Christians of the Orient is a permanent living in danger... Yet, Christianity continues in the East," Aoun addressed the delegation.
Source: National News Agency