On Sunday 5th February 2017, on the occasion of the feast of St. Maroun, His Excellency The Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus Youssef Soueif concelebrated the Solemn Holy Mass with His Excellency Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto the Apostolic Nuncio in Cyprus, in the presence of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades at the Cathedral of our Lady of Graces.
Present were also the Representative of H.B. Archbishop Chrisostomos II, the Exarch of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem , all the priests of the Eparchy, the Representative of the Maronite Community in the House of Parliament, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Leaders of Political Parties, Mayors, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Government, Army and Police Officials, Religious Orders, enclave people from the Maronite villages and many faithful. Aparticular delegation from Lebanon, the Maronite League, the Maronite Council, the Maronite Foundation for the Diaspora, participated as well and their presence showed the strong ties between Lebanon and Cyprus.
In his message Archbishop Soueif referred to the hard times faced by today’s societies and quoted Jesus words of encouragement that can spread hope. He said: