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Maronite patriarch preaches in Uniontown (NY bishop criticizes Obama)
Post Gazette ^ | October 18, 2011 | Ann Rodgers

Posted on 10/18/2011 7:38:38 AM PDT by NYer

The Maronite Catholic patriarch of Lebanon brought a message of universal forgiveness and mercy Monday to a Uniontown parish overflowing with Lebanese Catholics eager to see him.

"Have you ever tried to live in a world without forgiveness? It is a cold, harsh and unbearable world," Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai told 750 people who had greeted him with applause and ululation. St. George Maronite Catholic Church in Uniontown holds 250 people and a tent was erected outside its front door to accommodate 500 more.

He said that forgiveness and mercy is needed among Christians, Muslims and Jews, within the Christian church and within families.

Maronites are Eastern Catholics who follow the practices of Orthodoxy but are loyal to the pope. Their homeland is Lebanon, but there are 3 million worldwide. Patriarch Rai, 71, was installed in March and is on a three-week tour of the United States to meet Maronites here. He is known as a strong advocate for the Christian minority in the Middle East, and has run afoul of U.S. policy by warning that too abrupt an end to the Assad regime in Syria could be disastrous for that nation's Christian minority.

A letter from the Maronite bishop of Brooklyn, Bishop Gregory Mansour, was printed in St. George's bulletin this weekend. Addressed to President Barack Obama, it criticized the president for not meeting with Patriarch Rai to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East. Bishop Mansour attributed the lack of a meeting to U.S. concern with the patriarch's statements about Syria.

"Patriarch Rai's warning about the future of Christians in Syria is not taboo. Christians are in a state of peril in the same way that Christians of Iraq were a few years ago when two-thirds of them migrated out.

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KEYWORDS: arabchristian; lebanesechristian; lebanon; maobama; maronite; patriarch

Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai, head of the Maronite Catholic Church, speaks Monday in Uniontown.

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1 posted on 10/18/2011 7:38:40 AM PDT by NYer
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Addressed to President Barack Obama, it criticized the president for not meeting with Patriarch Rai to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East.

President George W. Bush often called upon Patriarch Sfeir (his predecessor), for counsel and advice on affairs in the Middle East.

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) meets with Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon, Nasrallah Sfeir, in the Oval Office at the White House May 21, 2008 in Washington, DC. Cardinal Sfeir was there to ask Bush for help in making Lebanon a sovereign and independent nation.

You can read the full text of Bishop Mansour's letter to President Obama at this link

2 posted on 10/18/2011 7:42:33 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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obambi wants the Christians in Syria to get massacred, hence the diatribe to remove Assad’s regime.

3 posted on 10/18/2011 11:26:31 AM PDT by Cronos (
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