The President of Lebanon Michel Aoun gave Greek-Orthodox Metropolitan Georges Khodr of Mount Lebanon the National Order of the Cedar, the honor for great services rendered to Lebanon, for acts of courage and devotion of great moral value, as for years in public service.
was given on Tuesday, January 31 in the presence of Greek Orthodox
Patriarch of Antioch, Yohanna X.
During the celebratory occasion, quoting the words of Jesus in the
Gospel of Luke ("For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he
who humbles himself will be exalted"), 93-year-old Georges Khodr spoke
of old age as a privileged condition to savor the gift of humility, in
turn defined as "the door of every virtue".
Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Georges Khodr is known worldwide as teacher
of Christian spirituality.
In October 2015 he intervened with regard to
the political paralysis that from May 2014 prevented to identify the new
Lebanese Head of State (institutional crisis was resolved only at the
end of last October with the election of Michel Aoun).
Bishop expressed illuminating judgments also around the plight of
Christians in the Middle East, stressing that "the dangers that threaten
Christians in the Middle East threaten all the inhabitants of this
region, without exception", and that "from Christians principles point
of view, there cannot be anything similar to what we might call 'Holy'