Rai, Sfeir at Baabda palace with Lebanese president

Lebanon’s newly-elected Maronite Patriarch Beshara Boutros al-Rai had a closed door meeting at the Baabda palace with President Michel Suleiman . After the meeting the president invited hosted a lunch in his honor

Rai was accompanied by retired former Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir during his visit to Baabda palace

During a meeting with a visiting delegation earlier today Rai stressed on the importance of cooperating to face the challenges of the church in countries where there are Lebanese expatriates.

Rai, 71, was elected last Tuesday as the 77th patriarch of Lebanon’s Maronites, the country’s largest Christian community which makes up about one third of the four-million population.

He succeeds Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, who resigned recently due to his age after serving for 25 years as Patriarch of Antioch for the Maronites.

  • ghzayel

    go patriarch go!!! show them politicians how to properly and effectively manage and run the state affairs of lebanon.
    since most politicians in the first place failed miserably in their duties to rule this nation and establish law and order and in order to counterbalance the negative impact of hezballah’s weapons and foreign ideologies on lebanese politics it is essential to hear the widely popular opinions of the new patriarch to set the course straight and reflect the true sentiments of the previously called silent majority in lebanon.

  • ghzayel

    go patriarch go!!! show them politicians how to properly and effectively manage and run the state affairs of lebanon.
    since most politicians in the first place failed miserably in their duties to rule this nation and establish law and order and in order to counterbalance the negative impact of hezballah’s weapons and foreign ideologies on lebanese politics it is essential to hear the widely popular opinions of the new patriarch to set the course straight and reflect the true sentiments of the previously called silent majority in lebanon.

  • Anonymous

    go patriarch go!!! show them politicians how to properly and effectively manage and run the state affairs of lebanon.
    since most politicians in the first place failed miserably in their duties to rule this nation and establish law and order and in order to balance the negative impact of hezballah’s weapons and foreign ideologies on lebanese politics it is essential to hear the widely popular opinions of the new patriach to set the course straight and reflect the true sentiments of the previously called silent majority in lebanon.