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Francis and Benedict XVI "united in Prayer" for Christians and Muslims in Lebanon
The Pope Emeritus told Patriarch al-Rahi that he prays every day for the country that gave him "unforgettable moments." Today, major figures in Christian circles and among the elite are dejected for having "worked for nothing," bitter that they "were wrong to stay." Others believe that Islam will not allow them full religious freedom.
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French foreign minister visit to Bkerke underscores powerlessness
“The Maronite Patriarch yesterday issued a discreet but real call for help to France, through its Foreign Minister”. For minister Ayrault, “France cannot decide on behalf of the Lebanese but it can play the role of facilitator”.
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Patriarch al-Rahi: Fr Kolvenbach, a witness of Jesuit fidelity to the Church and Lebanon
The cardinal noted the special bond between the former SJ superior general and Lebanon. Since 1958, he had become an expert on Lebanon, for him a land of study and mission. He was a point of reference for priests and seminarians, young students and seniors.
Lebanese Christians seek unity despite political differences
Invited by Patriarch Rahi, Christian political leaders from both government and opposition met to talk. The issues on the table were the separation of religion and politics, the defence of Christian-owned land, a greater Christian presence in public institutions, the promotion of the common good, and the collective responsibility Christians have in promoting the values of the Gospel in society. A committee is set up to promote further meetings.
Bechara Rahi elected new Maronite patriarch, ‘Communion and charity’ his motto
Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir’s successor is chosen in a surprisingly short election. He will take office on 25 March, feast day of the Annunciation. Hoping to see a radical change in style in Bkerke, Maronite bishops want a man of the institutions and reform, who will follow the line of national resolve taken by Patriarch Sfeir during the years of war.
Maronite Patriarch against the confessional division in the Middle East
Mgr Bishara al-Rai called again for prudence vis-à-vis the ‘Arab spring’. He warned of possible confessional conflicts, harsher regimes and a confessional division of the region. Mgr Caccia welcomes the reopening of Beirut synagogue as a token of hope for the future.
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