A criminal complaint has been filed against the Saudi newspaper al-Watan over the publishing of a cartoon mocking Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai and criticizing his visit to Syria, according to a report by LBC
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 Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai kicked off a three day tour of South Lebanon on Saturday, National News Agency reported. Rai arrived in the city of Tyre and was received by Hezbollah minister Mohammad Fneish, Amal MPs
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai said on Tuesday during a visit to the Metn town of Al-Arbaniyya that his recent ( controversial) statements were taken out of context and that the patriarchate “cannot relinquish any party and does not want to eliminate or marginalize any party, because Lebanon needs all its citizens, parties and sects.”
Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai headed on to Paris for an official visit. During his visit , Rai is expected to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and will hold talks pertaining to the developments in Lebanon and in the Middle East, National News Agency reported.
Bkirki sources have revealed that the election of a new Patriarch in Lebanon is imminent and will not take much longer .