Who will be Pope Benedict’ s replacement ?

Technically, any male Catholic is eligible to be elected pope. But traditionally, the cardinals choose one of their own. For the princes of the church — the cardinals — the sudden resignation of a pope can be more of a shock than the death of one. And it is they who now have to choose […]

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 […]

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

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,

Lebanon to warn the Syrians about the border violations

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib MiKati requested that Lebanese Ambassador to Syria Michel Khoury to submit an urgent letter to the Syrian Foreign Ministry informing it of the “continuous shelling that is targeting Lebanese border towns from nearby Syrian military outposts, as well as warning the Syrian authorities

Our Lady of the Castle monastery target of Syria attacks

Shells fired    Sunday morning from Syria appear to have targeted  Our Lady of the Castle Maronite monastery in the town of Menjez in  the Akkar district  near the Lebanese Syrian border , National News Agency reported. “A large number of shells coming from the Syrian side landed on Lebanese  border villages