Vatican , Bkirki deny al-Rai resignation report

patriarch rai in syria 5Vatican sources denied any knowledge of the possible resignation of Lebanon Maronite Patriach Bechara al Rai.

The sources told Lebanese daily an Nahar:

” The report claiming that Rai intends to resign in order to take over the post of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri at the Vatican is not true” adding ” Cardinal Sandri remains at his post for the time being “.

This comes after Bkirki spokesman Walid Ghayyad and the head of Lebanon’s Catholic Information Center denied earlier on Monday that Rai would resign in the coming weeks.

Ghayyad told National News Agency ( NNA): “The issue is out of the question.”

Similarly Father Abdo Abu Kasam, the head of the center told Voice of Lebanon (93.3) radio: “We have heard about the reports and they are not true.”

Cardinal  Leonardo Sandri (left) and Pope Francis
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (left) and Pope Francis. Both  are native Argentinians and are the sons of Italian immigrants. Both are doctrinal conservatives. And both are known for their warm personalities.

Their denial came after El-Sharq newspaper reported that Rai would resign to to take over the post of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri.

Rai is in Rome along with other Catholic patriarchs for a summit meeting for the leaders of the Eastern churches in communion with Pope Francis.

Sandri, who left Argentina for Rome 42 years ago, is a Vatican insider who has run the day-to-day operations of the global church’s vast bureaucracy and roamed the world as a papal diplomat.

Both he and Pope Francis are native Argentinians and are the sons of Italian immigrants. Both are doctrinal conservatives. And both are known for their warm personalities, according to Vatican observers

The report of Rai’s possible resignation was fueled by rumors that Pope Francis did not renew the contract for Cardinal Sandri

  • 5thDrawer

    Contracts are not made with God.
    Whoever keeps politicizing these things should have his foreskin removed … :-)))

    • Patience2

      Already gone??

      • 5thDrawer

        Not mine, sweetie … 😉

  • 5thDrawer

    Contracts are not made with God.
    Whoever keeps politicizing these things should have his foreskin removed … :-)))

    • Patience2

      Already gone??

      • 5thDrawer

        Not mine, sweetie … 😉

  • 5thDrawer

    To ALL you ‘unbelievers’ … check this out – at LEAST for the timelines on ‘who’ came first.
    …. BBC report ….
    😉
    ‘Archaeologists digging at Buddha’s birthplace have uncovered remains of the “earliest ever Buddhist shrine”.
    They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal.
    The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story – his mother gave birth to him while holding on to a tree branch.
    Its discovery may settle the dispute over the birth date of the Buddha, the team reports in the journal ‘Antiquity’.
    “Now, for the first time, we have an archaeological sequence at Lumbini that shows a building there as early as the 6th century BC,” said archaeologist Prof Robin Coningham of Durham University, who co-led the international team, supported by the National Geographic Society.
    Tradition records that Queen Maya Devi gave birth to the Buddha while grasping the branch of a tree within the Lumbini Garden.
    The discovery could aid conservation efforts at the holy site – which has been neglected despite its Unesco World Heritage status.’

  • 5thDrawer

    To ALL you ‘unbelievers’ … check this out – at LEAST for the timelines on ‘who’ came first.
    …. BBC report ….
    😉
    ‘Archaeologists digging at Buddha’s birthplace have uncovered remains of the “earliest ever Buddhist shrine”.
    They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal.
    The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story – his mother gave birth to him while holding on to a tree branch.
    Its discovery may settle the dispute over the birth date of the Buddha, the team reports in the journal ‘Antiquity’.
    “Now, for the first time, we have an archaeological sequence at Lumbini that shows a building there as early as the 6th century BC,” said archaeologist Prof Robin Coningham of Durham University, who co-led the international team, supported by the National Geographic Society.
    Tradition records that Queen Maya Devi gave birth to the Buddha while grasping the branch of a tree within the Lumbini Garden.
    The discovery could aid conservation efforts at the holy site – which has been neglected despite its Unesco World Heritage status.’