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Lebanese officials pay respects to Archbishop Qorban

Daily Star staffSaturday, August 01, 2009
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=104836#
BEIRUT: Funeral services will take place in Tripoli on Sunday for His Eminence Metropolitan Elias Qorban, Archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Tripoli and Koura, who passed away on Thursday. The archbishop’s body was relayed in a convoy from the Tripoli Archdiocese to Saint Gregory Cathedral, where fu­neral services will be held on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Officials paid their respects to the Archdiocese and praised the metropolitan’s positive legacy.
“The archbishop’s death is a grave loss for the Orthodox Church and for all the Lebanese,” said Koura lawmaker and Deputy Speaker Farid Makari, adding that Qorban had always fought for “co-existence and national unity.”
Tripoli MP Robert Fadel said that “His Eminence spent his life serving his Church and the people of Lebanon, especially in the north.”
“He was wise and rational and always eager to solve differences,” he added.
Fadel said the archbishop was a champion of coexistence who “always sought peace and promoted dialogue.”

“He was a loving father, brother and friend to everyone he knew,” he added.
The president of the General Maronite Council, Wadih Khazen also paid his respects and recalled the metropolitan’s attempts to maintain civil peace in 1985, when he oversaw the rebuilding of the Patriarchate after it was burned and destroyed. Khazen also referred to the late archbishop’s literary achievements, which contributed to bringing Christians in the east together.
Qorban was born in 1926 in the village of Ain Sindiyana, near Dhour Choueir, and he became archbishop of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Tripoli and Koura in 1962.
The former head of the Union of Northern Associations, Mazen Abboud, said the Antiochian Orthodox Church had lost its “melodious harp.”
“His voice was sweet and beautiful and it lifted believers to heaven,” added Abboud, praising the departed. – The Daily Star

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