Rai, Syrian officials attend Yazigi’s inauguration ceremony

Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East Cardinal Beshara Boutros Rai participated in  the   inauguration ceremony of the new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch Youhanna X Yazigi , which was  held on Sunday at the Church of the Holy Cross in Syria’s Qassaa , in the heart of Damascus.

Lebanon’s Christian Patriarch prays for peace in Syria

The head of Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic church, Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, prayed in an old Damascus church on Saturday for an end to Syria’s civil war. Rai, whose church has 900,000 members in Lebanon, a quarter of the country’s population, is on the first visit to Syria by a Maronite Patriarch since the independence of neighboring […]

Patriarch Rai’s visit to Syria draws mixed reactions

Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai’s visit to Syria this Sunday drew mixed reactions in Lebanon. While president Michel Suleiman praised it and urged against politicizing it , March 14 General Secretariat coordinator Fares Soueid rejected it on the basis that it could subject the Christians of Syria to danger.

Pope appoints Lebanon’s Patriarch Rai, 5 others as cardinals

Pope Benedict made six non-European prelates Roman Catholic cardinals on Saturday, chipping away at the old continent’s domination of the elite group that will one day elect his successor. The new cardinals, ranging in age from 53 to 72, are from the United States, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Lebanon and Colombia,