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To the dramatic situation that grips the Holy Land, in recent days serious political tensions in Lebanon have been added, following a series of detentions that place obstacles to national dialogue.
I appeal to the sense of responsibility of the authorities of this beloved nation, which has suffered so much because of internal divisions. Let´s hope that the values of democracy and national sovereignty are not sacrificed to current political interests. A pluralist and free Lebanon is a richness for the whole Near East region. It is hoped that all Lebanese will help to preserve it and make it bear fruit.
[translation from L´Osservatore Romano]