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Maronite patriarch slams corruption and search for political power
The newly elevated cardinal said the "Church condemns all political" action "that is solely limited to achieving personal gains," warning against corruption in government and public life. Noting that political action is a "moral duty" that is incompatible with corruption and despotism, he praises the president who called for dialogue among the parties.
30/04/2016 09:39:00 LEBANON - EU
Patriarch Rai’s wake up call to EU: We need solutions to Middle East conflicts
Speaking to the European parliament, the head of the Maronite Church warns that the conflicts in the region not just directly impacting Christians, but also the Mediterranean and the EU itself. Islamic extremism is wiping out centuries of dialogue and is a threat to world peace. Enshrine Lebanon’s neutrality and encourage Muslim nations to separate religion from the state.
13/06/2016 12:07:00 LEBANON
Lebanon and the Middle East "consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for peace in the region"
For the third consecutive year, the Maronite patriarch renews devotion to Our Lady. The rite was celebrated in the Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa. Card. Bechara Rai speaks of the evil that comes in the form of conflicts, wars, death, displacement, arms, fanaticism and terrorism. The consecration linked to a movement of "prayer and penance".
As Lebanon's union shows cracks, Patriarch al-Rahi calls for unity and pluralism
On the first anniversary of his elevation, Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi renews his call for a stronger national pact among the country's various components. Ideological divisions and the legacy of the civil war accentuate its social crisis.
Lebanese Christians and Muslims celebrate the Annunciation together in the name of Mary
Lebanon celebrates for the first time a national Christian-Muslim holiday. Schools, banks and public buildings are closed. Prime Minister Hariri says the day is a spiritual occasion for everyone. For Muslim leader, it is a tangible sign of dialogue between the two religions.
31/05/2016 15:29:00 IRAQ
Shia leader thanks Iraqi Christians
Christian, Muslim, Yazidi and Sabean leaders took part in prayer promoted by the Chaldean Patriarchate. Shia leader Ali Al-Yacoubi thanked "our Christians brothers” for their work. Despite "having suffered lot", they still promote "unity." He called for joint response "against any deed or act of terrorism.”
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