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Sfeir Hopes that Situation Will Be Better than it is Now: The Whole of Lebanon is Worried
 
 
 
 
 
 
10-01-2011
 
Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir stated that the whole of Lebanon is worried, and not just its Christian, adding a hope that the situation in the country would improve.
He said in an interview with CNN that the situation for Christians in Lebanon has completely changed because in the past, they represented the majority of the population and occupied a special position in Lebanon, but demographics have since changed.

Now, he explained, Christian families consist of three to four children, while Muslim families could have ten to 15 children.

"This is why Muslims have now greatly outnumbered the Christians, especially since Christians and some Muslims have emigrated," the patriarch said.

Asked whether he believes if Lebanon would ever have a non-Christian president, Sfeir replied: "I don't know, maybe if matters developed further and the Christians became a minority."

He added that this issue is up to the Lebanese themselves and maybe some demands may be raised for such a change.

Addressing Islamist extremism, he said that that is not the real Islam, stressing: "Our message is for the people to cooperate with each other and seek peace, not war."

He described the situation for Christians as tragic because several of them are leaving their country, especially Christians in Iraq.

They should be reassured to return to their homeland, he added.
 
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