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Beirut celebrating new Syriac Catholic patriarch
Mar Ignace Youssef III Younan stresses the value of unity within diversity, something which enriches the Church. He thanks his “spiritual father,” Card Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington. Benedict XVI urges the new patriarch to be a “sower of peace.”
In Middle East the challenge is to be “truly” Christian, thus truly free
Lebanese Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants meet to discuss the Christian presence in the country. For Patriarch Sfeir this presence is a positive factor. Armenian Catholicos Aram I stresses a “dialogue of life” with Christians’ Muslim brothers.
A ray of hope as Moussa gets Hariri and Aoun to meet
Arab League secretary general arrives in Damascus today to get Syria to push its Lebanese allies towards a deal. “Father, Forgive them, for They Don't Know what They're Doing,” said Patriarch Sfeir in response to attacks from Franjieh and Aoun.
17/02/2006 LEBANON VATICAN
Lebanon holds a special place in the Pope's heart, says Siniora
The prime minister highlights the "Holy See's special interest in Lebanon and its unique role in the Middle East region". Vatican slams the blasphemous cartoons. Patriarch Sfeir demands that an agreement be reached over President Lahoud's successor before his removal.
Papal nuncio trying to get an agreement between Lebanese Christians
Vatican representative is meeting Maronite leaders to insist on the basic principles that should inform the election of the new president. A committee with members from both majority and opposition set up under the aegis of Patriarch Sfeir continues to meet to find common solutions.
Sfeir: everyone, including Hezbollah, must obey the rules
The Maronite Patriarch has left Beirut to meet the Pope and participate in the preparatory work of the Synod of the Churches of the Middle East. "If we are talking about abolishing confessional politics, why not abolish all confessionalism?"
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