Mr. Musa Darwish, the moderator of this distinguished evening,
focused in his introductory remarks on Al-Liqa’ Center and its
various activities since 1982.
H.B. Patriarch Sabbah, the Chairperson of Al-Liqa’s Board of
Trustees, welcomed attendees and focused his words on Patriarch
Sophronius and his relations with Caliph ‘Omar.
Bishop Atallah Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Church stressed the
importance of the book and ‘Omar’s Covenant which is the base of
shared living at this time when violence and massacres are committed
in the name of Islam and Islam is totally innocent from it.
Dr. Prof. ‘Abd Al-Rahman ‘Abbad spoke on the importance of the book
having read it before its publication.
Dr. Adnan Musallam who followed this work of Dr. Khoury, between
2010 and 2015, as he was researching and writing the book. Dr.
Musallam stressed that this book is well documented and is going to
be a great reference to researchers locally and throughout the
Dr. Peter Qumri stressed the importance of the work and pointed out
some shortcomings that must be taken into account in the next
edition of the book.
Dr. Khoury thanked everyone hoping that Dr. ‘Abbad will recover
soon. He presented briefly his book and focused as well on
Sophronius’ relation with Muslims and Islam and with Caliph ‘Omar.
No doubt the Covenant was great development for the local church.
A question and an answer session followed.
Mr. and Mrs. Nader & Maha Saqa presented Dr. Geries with a shield
for Dr. Geries’ great service to the local church and to his great
work on Sophronius.
Dr. Khoury presented H. B. Patriarch Sabbah and Bishop Elias Shaccur
copies of his book.