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 […]

Bishops: Civil and religious marriages can coexist

The Maronite’s Bishop council said on Wednesday that civil marriage can coexist with religious marriage but cannot replace it. “Marriage is one of the church sacraments and civil marriage cannot replace this sacrament. However, those who hold civil marriage, if they are believers, can later hold a religious marriage

Geagea defends the Orthodox electoral law

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea defended on Tuesday his party’s decision to back the Orthodox Gathering draft electoral law and slammed the various factions for criticizing the draft law and for their failure in providing a workable alternative that can enjoy the backing of the majority . During a press conference on Tuesday Geagea challenged […]

Audeh, Rai call for a law that preserves coexistence

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai and Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh called for an electoral law that preserves coexistence among the Lebanese. Rai was quoted by al-Liwaa daily as saying: “Bkirki is neither with an Orthodox proposal nor with a Maronite proposal”adding :”The Maronite church only supports a Lebanese proposal.”

Christians agreed to adopt the Orthodox gathering law

The Christian four-party panel  on the electoral law on Sunday agreed to endorse the electoral law proposed by the so-called Orthodox Gathering, under which each sect would elect its own lawmakers, LBCI  reported on sunday . The panel took its decision during a meeting held in Bkirki

Syria’s christians’ in no mood to celebrate Christmas’

Festive spirit is a distant memory for Syria’s Christian minority as it faces a second Christmas in the grip of fear of daily violence and the spectre of rising Islamism. “We’re in no mood to celebrate Christmas this year. Everyone around me is so sad, and the situation is terrible,”

What Will Post-Assad Syria Look Like?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has shown surprising staying power in the vicious civil war that’s been grinding on for nearly two years. One reason for its endurance is the contrast between its overwhelming advantage in firepower — which it has used with utter disregard for non-combatants’ lives — and numbers. By contrast, the disparate […]