Just come from the dusty streets of Tripoli, north Lebanon, where black Sunni flags fly from houses and banners proclaim 'There is only one God and Mohammed is his apostle'
. Now visiting Monastery of St Anthony, Qozhaya high up in the mountains & just met Fr Joseph Sleiman, a Maronite monk...until recently Principal of a school in Sydney Australia. All the villages & small towns here in the mountains around Qadisha Valley are Maronite - this is where they came here to flee centuries ago. History may never quite repeat itself, but the long shadows of history & persecution are never far away. Prayers from near the Cedars of Lebanon.
Neville, north Lebanon