Pope Francis addresses 'letter of appreciation' to Patriarch Rahi
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In a message to Maronite Patriarch, Bechara Rahi, Pope Francis said: "I am writing to express my gratitude for your presence during my last visit to Abu Dhabi and to thank you for your expression of this ecclesial partnership."
"I am particularly thankful for the Christian presence in that land," the Pope added, pointing to the need for supporting the Church in the entire Middle East.
"As we continue to thank the Lord Almighty for the many blessings we have received during this visit, I encourage you to continue to serve the people of God, especially the most needy and underprivileged among us," said Pope Francis.
"I assure you and the people you serve that I will always pray for you, and grant you all my apostolic blessings as a token of joy and peace from our Lord," the Pope concluded.