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Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Maronite Catholic patriarch welcomes Lebanon’s new government

Sep 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The move paves the way for a potential papal visit. Read more

Bechara Boutros Cardinal Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Maronite patriarch threatened by Hezbollah supporters after calling for Lebanese neutrality in region

Aug 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The leader of the Maronite Catholic Church received threats from Hezbollah supporters this week after calling for an end to... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, head of the Maronite Church. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Maronite patriarch asks St. Charbel’s intercession to save Lebanon from ‘total collapse’

Jul 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai said politicians had failed in their “most basic duties.” Read more

Pope Francis kisses the flag of Lebanon at his general audience on Sept. 2, 2020.

Which Christian leaders are coming to the Vatican’s day of prayer for Lebanon?

Jun 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope has invited leaders of Lebanon’s main Christian communities to the Vatican on July 1. Read more

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai during a previous private audience at the Vatican, on Feb. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis invites Lebanese Christian leaders to Vatican to pray for peace

May 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon has faced a financial and political crisis for months, as political leaders have failed to form a government to... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Maronite Catholic leader calls on international community to ‘help save Lebanon’

Feb 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch called on Tuesday for the United Nations to help resolve the country’s crisis by convening an international... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, head of the Maronite Church. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Lebanese cardinal urges leaders to help country avoid ‘total collapse’

Jan 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch has said that the country could be facing “the risk of total collapse” amid a deepening economic and... Read more

Pope Francis holds the flag of Lebanon and prays during his general audience on Sept. 2, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis pens Christmas letter to 'beloved people of Lebanon'

Dec 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has written a Christmas letter to the people of Lebanon encouraging them to trust in God during times... Read more

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai during a previous private audience at the Vatican, on Feb. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis briefed on Lebanon’s ‘bitter economic crisis’ by Maronite patriarch

Nov 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met with Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch at the Vatican this weekend and told the pope of the challenges facing... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Lebanese cardinal says international court could look at Beirut blast

Aug 26, 2020

The Maronite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch has said an international court may need to examine the circumstances that led to... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Catholic leader outlines vision for Lebanon as the ‘Switzerland of the East’

Aug 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch issued a memorandum Monday outlining a vision for the restoration of the country’s neutral status as the... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Cardinal says Lebanon leaders should resign after Beirut blast

Aug 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch called for the resignation of the entire Lebanese government Sunday, following the devastating explosion in Beirut last... Read more

Lebanese Catholics pray at the shrine of St. Charbel, the country's patron saint.

Lebanese cardinal: ‘The Church has a great duty’ after Beirut explosion

Aug 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Lebanese cardinal has called on charities around the world to help Beirut's families “heal their wounds and restore their homes.”  Read more