Lebanon is the country with the highest proportion of Christians in the Middle East. The international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation ACN has just announced an aid package of 5 million Euros for the reconstruction of the country following the terrible explosion in the capital, Beirut on 4 August. Maria Lozano, head of press and information at the charity’s international headquarters, spoke to Father Raymond Abdo, the provincial of the discalced Carmelite Fathers in Lebanon, to find out more about the life of the Christians in this country.

María Lozano: The national flag of Lebanon features the Lebanon cedar. Why was this symbol chosen to represent the country?

Father Raymond: The Cedars of Lebanon were the trees used by Solomon to build the temple of God since Cedar wood has a perfume that is similar to incense. It is a tree that can live for up to 2000 years, and thus it is a symbol of eternity. That is why Lebanon chose its cedar tree as the symbol of its enduring existence.

Praise the Lord

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