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  • Patriarchs Call on Region's Christians to Hold on to Their Lands

    07/04/2014 6:25:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 7/3/14 | Antoine Amrieh
    Balamand, Lebanon -- The patriarchs of Eastern churches Tuesday deplored the raging violence in Iraq and Syria that has caused a massive wave of refugees, exhorting Christians to maintain their presence in the region's war-torn countries and keep hold of their lands. In a statement released at the opening of their Holy Synod in Lady of Balamand Convent in north Lebanon, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, Melkite Gregorius III Lahham, Syriarc Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Younan, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem and Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi released a statement on local and regional developments. "The patriarchs prayed for the people...
  • Married Mans Ordination Reveals Unusual Prohibition on Eastern Catholics

    04/10/2014 1:32:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 7, 2014 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    Father Wissam Akiki with his wife and daughter, Perla, at her first Communion. ST. LOUIS Surrounded by his wife, daughter and the bishops of his Church, Father Wissam Akiki made history in February as the first married man in 90 years to enter the priesthood for the Maronite Catholic Church in the U.S. Kp> But for Catholics of most Eastern-rite Churches in the U.S., including the Maronites, the fact the priest is a married man isnt that extraordinary: Whats extraordinary is that they have to ask the Vatican for permission to ordain married men in the first place. snip...
  • Pope Francis Allows Married Man to Join Priesthood for First Time in Nearly 100 Years

    03/03/2014 9:54:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Morgan Lee
    Pope Francis has signed off on a married man's decision to join the priesthood in the Maronite Catholic Church. Deacon Wissam Akiki, of St. Louis, Mo., who is married and has a daughter, was expected to be ordained on Thursday night, in a the Maronite church. The sect of the Eastern Catholic Christianity originated in the fifth century in what is now modern-day Lebanon. While married priests are common within in the Maronite Catholic Church overseas, says St. Raymond's Chancellor Louis Peters, marriage for religious leaders was banned in the U.S. in the 1920s. According to the church's American spokesperson,...
  • Pope accepts resignation of Maronite Bishop Shaheen

    07/11/2013 9:35:14 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 4 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | July 10, 2013 | Tim Townsend
    Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Shaheen, 76, leader of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, headquartered just south of downtown St. Louis, in a pastoral center next to St. Raymond's Maronite Catholic Parish. Canon law requires bishops to submit their resignations at age 75. The pope named the Rev. Abdallah Zaidan, 50, rector of Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Maronite Cathedral in Los Angeles, to succeed Shaheen. The Maronite Catholic Church, an ancient Eastern Rite branch of Catholicism, is based in Lebanon. St. Raymond's is the seat of one of two eparchies, or dioceses,...
  • The Jews who saved the Christians from IslamoFascists' genocide in the Middle East - 1860

    08/11/2012 9:33:46 PM PDT · by Milagros · 6 replies
    Yitschak Ben Gad: "Politics, lies, and videotape: 3,000 Questions and Answers on the Mideast Crisis," SP Books, 1991, 479 pp.p. 245 Q: What is known about the massacre of 1860? A: In 1860, the Lebanese Druze attacked the Christian Maronites. Thousands of men, women and children were murdered. The Christians sent forth a desperate plea for help to the European powers in order to save them from complete annihilation... Q: Who came to the aid of the Christians? A: Sir Moses Montefiore, the well-known British Jewish leader, astonished by the disaster that befell the Lebanese Christians, did his utmost to...
  • Lebanese hermit St. Charbel remembered July 24

    07/24/2012 12:38:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | July 23, 2012
    Saint Charbel Makhlouf. Denver, Colo., Jul 22, 2012 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 24, the Catholic Church celebrates the life of St. Charbel Makhlouf, a Maronite Catholic priest, monk, and hermit who is known for working miracles both during his life and after his death. On the occasion of his beatification in 1965, the Eastern Catholic hermit was described by Pope Paul VI as “ a new, eminent member of monastic sanctity,” who “through his example and his intercession is enriching the entire Christian people.” Born into humble circumstances in Lebanon during 1828, Yussef Antoun Makhlouf was...
  • Pope in Lebanon: Excitement builds across Middle East

    07/21/2012 9:05:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 19, 2012
    (Vatican Radio) Starting August, Christians throughout the Middle East will begin a simultaneous prayer marathon in the lead up to Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in Lebanon on September 14th. From Bkerke to Baghdad, through Gaza’s tiny parish of the Holy Family, the same set of prayers will be recited weekly by Maronites, Melkites, Chaldeans, Syrian Catholics and Armenian Catholics. As well as the faithful of other denominations. The Christians of the Middle East are waiting for Pope Benedict. “The excitement is building”, says Fr. Marwan Tabet, general co-ordinator of the Papal trip to Lebanon in an interview with Emer McCarthy...
  • Schools try to revive Aramaic

    06/06/2012 12:06:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | Diaa Hadid
    In the Palestinian village of Beit Jala, an older generation of Aramaic speakers is trying to share the language with their grandchildren. Beit Jala sits next to Bethlehem, where the New Testament says Jesus was born. And in the Arab-Israeli village of Jish, nestled in the Galilean hills where Jesus lived and preached, elementary school children now are being instructed in Aramaic. The children belong mostly to the Maronite Christian community, where members still chant their liturgy in Aramaic, though few understand the prayers. We want to speak the language that Jesus spoke, said Carla Hadad, a 10-year-old Jish girl...
  • Eastern Catholics have much to offer US church, cardinal tells bishops

    05/15/2012 2:29:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | May 15, 2012
    Bishop Paul P. Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, Conn., concelebrates Mass with U.S. bishops from Eastern Catholic churches at the Altar of the Tomb in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome May 15. Bishops from Chaldean, Ruthenian, Maronite, Ukrainian, Armenian, Melkite, Syriac and Romanian Catholic churches were making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses. (CNS/Paul Haring) VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While their numbers are small and their material resources are few, members of the Eastern Catholic churches in the United States have much to offer the...
  • (Maronite Patriarch) Rai heads to Iraq to express solidarity with Christians

    11/01/2011 5:46:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1+ views
    The Daily Star (Beirut) ^ | November 01, 2011
    Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai left for Iraq Monday where he led a mass at the Our Lady of Salvation church on the first anniversary of an attack that left 58 people dead. Rai was accompanied by Bishop Camille Zaidan and Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan. It is necessary that we go together [with Younan] to Baghdad to express solidarity with the Iraqi people, the entire Iraqi people who definitely reject violence and war, Rai told reporters at Rafik Hariri International Airport prior to his departure. And also to express our solidarity and brotherhood with our Christian brothers and...
  • Report: Obamas Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians Access to the White House

    10/26/2011 3:01:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Big Peace ^ | October 26, 2011
    Beirut Arab news agency al Nashra reported on Saturday November 22, that [White House Muslim envoy] Dalia Mogahed has succeeded in canceling a meeting between the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon and President Barack Obama. Writing in al Nashra, the reporter said “an unnamed US source told the news agency, that those who sought canceling a visit of (the spiritual head of the Maronite Church) Patriarch Beshara Rahi to the White House are Dalia Mujahid (Mogahed), the highest adviser on Arab and Islamic Affairs in the State Department, who is from Egyptian origins. And that,” according to al Nashra, “heeding a...
  • Maronite patriarch preaches in Uniontown (NY bishop criticizes Obama)

    10/18/2011 7:38:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | October 18, 2011 | Ann Rodgers
    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...
  • New chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon at National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

    09/28/2011 1:45:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | September 28, 2011 | Richard Szczepanowski
    Our Lady of Lebanon Chapel Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Washington, DC WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a ceremony reflecting their Lebanese heritage, Maronite Catholics gathered Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the consecration of a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon. "For so long, so many dreamed to have something of our own in Mary's house," said Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of St. Maron of Brooklyn, N.Y., who consecrated and dedicated the chapel. "I am so grateful for all those souls who made this day for Mary...
  • Holy Week in the Maronite Church (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/16/2011 2:39:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Mount Lebanon ^ | Father Naji Kiwan
    We are entering the most important week of the liturgical year, the week that prepares us to live intensely the Christian Mystery of the Death and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ: the Holy Week. The Holy Week is the memorial of those great days of our salvation when Jesus Christ died on the Cross to redeem and save our human race and give us the opportunity to share in His Divine Life. Lent was for us the time to reflect more and meditate upon our lives so that we can renew ourselves and prepare to live again the...
  • BISHOP BECHARA RAHI installed as new Patriarch for the Maronite Catholic Church

    03/26/2011 11:40:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Maronite Heritage ^ | March 25, 2011 | Fr. Antonio Elfeghali
    BISHOP BECHARA RAHI (Name Translation: Bechara=Annunciation and Rahi =Shepherd) becameourShepherd on the Feast of the Annunciation(March 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm Lebanon Time) (Picture taken by Fr. Antonio Elfeghali on March 25, 2011) "We will live together this communion through charity in Lebanon whose glory is in its mission... The motto "the Glory of Lebanon is given to him" is taken from Isaiah. It is given to the Patriarch and his church as long as they commit to build the communionand to witness to love. The Glory of Lebanon is diminished when closed in and isolated.But it grows and goes...
  • Who are Maronite Catholics?

    03/16/2011 7:41:14 AM PDT · by DogwoodSouth · 11 replies
    Southern-fried Catholicism ^ | 03/16/2011 | Brad Noel
    Bishop Beshara Rai was elected as the 77th patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church today. He takes over after the retirement of 91-year-old Nasrallah Sfeir, who had served as the Maronite patriarch for 25 years. A patriarch is the highest-ranking bishop in a particular Church. Maronites were once the most important political bloc in Lebanon but since the 1960s, high emigration rates have reduced the community's size in the country. They still make up more than 20% of the Lebanese population and, according to an agreement enshrined in the country's constitution, the president of Lebanon must always be a Maronite....
  • Lebanon's Maronite (Catholic) Church elects new patriarch

    03/15/2011 10:39:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | March 15, 2011 | Natacha Yazbeck
    BEIRUT (AFP) – Bishop Beshara Rai was elected as the 77th patriarch of Lebanon's influential Maronite church on Tuesday to succeed Nasrallah Sfeir, at a time when his community's political loyalty is deeply divided. Monsignor Youssef Tawk, head of the council of Maronite bishops, announced the news from the church's headquarters in Bkerke, northeast of Beirut, after days of meetings behind closed doors during which the bishops voted on who would succeed the long-serving Sfeir. The head of the Maronite church wields considerable influence in Lebanon, where Christians make up about one-third of the four-million population. Rai, 71, a high-profile...
  • Maronite conclave to meet this week to elect new patriarch

    03/06/2011 1:31:53 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Daily Star ^ | March 5, 2011 | Elias Sakr
    BEIRUT: The Synod of Maronite bishops will convene on March 9 to elect a successor to Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, whose resignation was accepted last week by Pope Benedict XVI, the Council of Maronite Bishops announced Wednesday. Bishops will gather in a spiritual conclave at the seat of the Maronite patriarchate in Bkirki next Thursday at 6 p.m. in isolation from the outside world for a 15-day period to elect the church’s 77th patriarch, a statement released following the council’s meeting said. The meeting of the Council of Maronite Bishops, held on the first Wednesday of each month, was...
  • Church's Response: "None of Your business"

    03/03/2011 10:03:45 AM PST · by fides qua creditur · 4 replies
    Self-Authored ^ | 15 February 2011 | Harold Vadney
    This is an opportunity to inform, exchange, and comment on your church and parish. This blog will use church documents for discussion, and real examples to illustrate church life. It's up to you to make your parish a model for emulation. Please contribute where you can.
  • Pope blesses St. Maron statue, sign of communion, peace and reconciliation (Catholic Caucus)

    02/23/2011 3:15:59 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 02/23/2011 | n/a
    The Maronite community of the world is celebrating the installation of the newest statue at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI blessed the 18-foot tall marble statue of St. Maron on the morning of Feb. 23. It was placed into the last open space of a series of large niches in the exterior wall of St. Peter's Basilica. St. Maron established the first "Maronite" community based on a monastic spirituality in the 4th century. This year, the Church is celebrating the 1,600th anniversary of his death. Despite hardship, the Maronite Church has remained intact and in communion with...
  • Fire in Damascus - the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus

    08/22/2010 3:03:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Corpus Christi Watershed ^ | August 22, 2010 | Eric Hinojosa
    For those of you who are wondering what this is all about, allow me to introduce and explain the project. I have been working with Corpus Christi Watershed to produce a film about the three Massabki Brothers and the Emir Abd El-Kader. The Massabki Brothers were three Maronite brothers who were devout Catholics and who gave their lives for their faith during the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus. Looters and rioters offered them the choice of renouncing Christ or of being brutally murdered, and they chose the latter. Their story is interesting because they were extremely materially wealthy,...
  • EWTN Live - July 7, 2010 - The Maronite Catholic Church in America

    07/07/2010 3:59:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    EWTN ^ | July 7, 2010 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa
    July 7 Bishop Gregory Mansour and Bishop Robert Shaheen The Maronite Church in America Maronite Church is one of the largest Eastern-rite communities of the Roman Catholic Church, prominent especially in modern Lebanon; it is the only Eastern-rite church that has no non- Catholic or Orthodox counterpart. The Maronites trace their origins to St. Maron, or Maro (Arabic Marn), a Syrian hermit of the late 4th and early 5th centuries, and St. John Maron, or Joannesn Maro (Arabic Yhanna Marn), the patriarch of Antioch in 685-707, under whose leadership the invading Byzantine armies of Justinian II were routed in...
  • Maronite Catholic brother beatified in Lebanon (BXVI cites him in Angelus)

    06/28/2010 8:35:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | June 28, 2010
    Beatification of Blessed Stephen Nehme"> Vatican City, Jun 27, 2010 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Previously "venerable" Maronite brother Estephan Nehme was beatified on Sunday morning in Lebanon. The Holy Father remembered Blessed Estephan after the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, entrusting the people of Lebanon to his protection.Brother Estephan, whose body was discovered uncorrupted in the tomb of the monastery of Kfifane over a decade after his death in 1938, is remembered as a humble, loving and devout monk. The Maronite Voice, a Glen Allen, Virginia-based publication, described him in its most recent edition as "distinguished for...
  • How radical Islam makes you: a bigot religiously - a racist ethnically

    06/14/2010 7:53:15 PM PDT · by Righting · 25 replies · 385+ views
    How radical Islam makes you: a bigot religiously - a racist ethnically UNIQUENESS OF ISLAM'S INTOLERANCE While Christianity, ever since the termination of the Crusades and the Spanish inquisitions has no plans to "convert by force" anybody else, nor is ever Buddhism or Judaism, Islam --on the other hand-- even modern day Islam is about to Islamize the world, with any means possible. When (thank God) not "yet" accomplished, the Islamists bigotry has a few levels, the "people of the book" a.k.a. Christians & Jews are "allowed" to stay as an inferior class [Dhimmis], the other non-Muslims are "totally"...
  • The Only Eastern Church Never to Break Communion With Rome

    06/07/2010 7:31:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies · 48+ views
    The Divine Life ^ | 6/7/10 | Eric Sammons
    Those familiar with the churches of the East know that many Orthodox churches have an Eastern Catholic counterpart. This usually occurred because at some point in history a segment of that particular Orthodox Church decided to enter into communion with Rome and thus broke away from the larger Orthodox church of which they belonged. These Eastern Catholic churches are quite controversial among many Orthodox, who believe that they are Trojan horse churches attempting to lure Orthodox believers into the Catholic fold (in fact, their existence at one point caused the disruption of Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical talks). But there is an Eastern...
  • Communion paves the way for evangelization, says Pope to Maronites

    06/08/2010 8:13:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies · 49+ views
    (CNA/EWTN News).- ^ | 06-06-10 | (CNA/EWTN News).-
    Communion paves the way for evangelization, says Pope to Maronites Nicosia, Cyprus, Jun 6, 2010 / 02:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict visited the Maronite Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Graces in Nicosia before leaving the country on Sunday afternoon. He called Maronites to be proud of their traditions while remaining tied into the Universal Church.At the cathedral, which has a capacity of around 300 people, Maronite Archbishop Youssef Soueif welcomed Pope Benedict and his entourage composed of members of the Roman Curia in addition to the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa.Assuring the "ancient"...
  • Blind Man's Bluff: The U.S. has no clue how Iran would respond to an attack.

    04/03/2010 4:45:51 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 36 replies · 990+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | April 3, 2010 | BILAL Y. SAAB
    Over the past three months, several prominent American think tanks and academic institutions have conducted simulation games about the Iranian crisis. Although these war games have nicely covered almost all facets of the problem, they have left one aspect mostly understudied: the nature of Iran's response to a U.S. or Israeli airstrike. I recently took part in two U.S. government-sponsored games in which the participants attempted to provide a modest assessment of that crucial issue. War simulation games are certainly not a new invention in government practice. Indeed, the history of strategy and that of simulation are inseparable. Ever since...
  • The Maronite Catholic Church Throughout the World (and its relationship to Rome)

    03/27/2010 2:42:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 375+ views
    As Christians went forth from Jerusalem they encountered different traditions, cultures, customs and languages, soon the Church became a communion of Churches united in love with each other, looking to the See of Peter in Rome as the first among them all. The Gospel of Christ has reached the four corners of the world. Jesus prayed for their unity, that they all may be one (John 17:21). For Catholics united with the Pope in Rome, there is already an amazing unity even within the reality of cultural diversity. The Catholic Church, comprised of twenty-one Eastern Churches and one Western Church,...
  • Feast of St. Maron - February 9

    02/08/2010 4:16:07 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 311+ views
    Various | February 8, 2010
    BackgroundSaint Maroun, born in the middle of the 4th century was a priest who latter became a hermit, retiring to a mountain of Taurus near Antioch. His holiness and miracles attracted many followers, and drew attention throughout the empire. St John of Chrysostom sent him a letter around 405 AD expressing his great love and respect asking St Maroun to pray for him. The Maronite MovementSt Maroun is considered the Father of the spiritual and monastic movement now called the Maronite Church. This movement had a profound influence on Northern Syria and Lebanon. Saint Maroun spent all of...
  • In the name of Allah, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost

    01/13/2010 4:12:05 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 700+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | Januay 13, 2010 | Laurance Alvarado
    It was Easter in 2006 and I was attending a Maronite Catholic Mass in the Middle East. I was (somewhat cockily) celebrating the Risen Lord with my new found ability to read Arabic. The Liturgy was beautiful, the music angelic (with everyone singing), and the Mass really, really long.I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was taken a bit aback when I uttered “Allah” when “God” or “Father” was called for in the English translation.  In my simple mind I thought, “Of course, ‘God’ is an English word, we’re of Abrahamic roots, and it only makes sense to...
  • Season of Announcement - Revelation to Joseph

    12/12/2009 3:16:40 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 335+ views
    BlackCordelias ^ | December 13, 2009 | Fr. Antonio Elfeghali
    SYNAXARION Joseph, the spouse of Mary, lived a life of obscurity and devotion to Jesus. The Maronite Church celebrates his feast on the fifth Sunday of the Season of Announcement and also on March 19. This Sunday is the Revelation to Joseph Sunday. The truth is revealed to Joseph after doubts concerning his beloved Mary. Joseph was in front of a great Mystery (the Virgin is with child) and a great vocation (to become a father of the Son of the Father in Heaven).We learn 7 things from Joseph:1- The Righteous man: Joseph was a righteous man, committed to...
  • Arabism's racism - the 'Anti Christian Maronites' section

    06/09/2009 10:39:03 PM PDT · by Masti · 5 replies · 716+ views
    Anti-Maronite Lebanon's Maronites make up the largest Christian community in the country - a community where religion and politics are inextricably mixed. The Maronites, linked culturally and politically to the West, favored teir own continue rule, Lebanese nationalism, and a Western-oriented foreign policy. Sunni Muslims favored Pan-Arabism and were often friendly to Nasir and Syria [source], so was its armed wing the Phalangist's early stance, pro-Western and opposed to Pan-Arabism [source] in the 1970s, the Maronite bloc showed some degree of unity in opposing pan-Arabism, (although recently some have split and allied themselves with Hezbollah and became anti-American) [source]. Any...
  • Lebanon's Christians could be 'swing vote' in parliamentary elections

    05/22/2009 4:18:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 532+ views
    cns ^ | May 22, 2009 | Brooke Anderson
    JEZZINE, Lebanon (CNS) -- Sitting at an outdoor cafe on a mild spring afternoon, overlooking the town square of Jezzine, Samaan Dahir felt optimistic about Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections. "The resistance needs to win," said Dahir, referring to the so-called March 8 coalition led by Hezbollah, the Shiite political party credited for liberating South Lebanon from 18 years of Israeli occupation and subsequently helping to rebuild the war-torn region. "Let's give the opposition a chance and see the how they implement their reform programs. I'm definitely for March 8. I'm for change." Dahir, a Maronite Catholic from Jezzine, is...
  • Israel - Liberation of the aboriginal Jews from the twin fascisms of pan-Arabism and Islamism

    04/27/2009 6:27:56 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 418+ views
    I have always seen Israel as the result of the national liberation movement of the region's aboriginal Jews. Liberation of the aboriginal Jews (and anyone else lucky enough to find refuge within Israel's borders) from the twin fascisms of pan-Arabism and Islamism which have oppressed and even eliminated so many of the regions aboriginal ethnic groups. Israel's aboriginal Jews were not unique in accepting outside help (and even immigration) in their liberation struggle. Lebanon's Maronites; Egypt's Copts, Iraq and Turkey's Kurds, and Iran's Zoroastrians have all sought and received outside help in their liberation struggles, each group according to its...
  • Mel Gibson Visits St. Louis To Attend Church....

    04/25/2009 8:12:01 PM PDT · by TaraP · 70 replies · 2,953+ views
    Controversial Hollywood star Mel Gibson made a private and unexpected visit to St. Louis this week. He came to pray and talk to bishops from the Eastern Catholic Church Bishop Conference. "I was more than surprised; I was flabbergasted," said Bishop Robert Shaheen of the Maronite Church. Shaheen had little warning about Gibson's visit. The mega star decided to pay a visit after learning the Maronite tradition within the Catholic Church uses a dialect of the historic language of Jesus , Aramaic, during the Mass. Gibson's compelling movie, "The Passion of the Christ," used the Aramaic language and English subtitles...
  • Fourth Sunday of Lent - Sunday of the Prodigal Son

    03/14/2009 3:49:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 461+ views
    USCCB ^ | March 15, 2009
    LukeChapter 15 11 Then he said, "A man had two sons, 12 and the younger son said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.' So the father divided the property between them. 13 After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. 14 When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need. 15 So he hired himself out to one of...
  • New Syrian Catholic patriarch installed in Lebanon (hails from the US)

    02/17/2009 12:05:08 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 1,207+ views
    CNS ^ | February 16, 2009 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan is veiled as he walks in procession at his installation Mass at Our Lady of the Annunciation Syrian Catholic Church in Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 15. He is immediately followed by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington. (CNS) BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) -- Amid cheers and ululation, the former head of the Syrian Catholic diocese in the U.S. and Canada was installed as patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church. Saying that he will "serve, not for personal interests, but to win Christ," Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan was installed Feb. 15 at a...
  • PODCAST: The Pax Islamica: Totalitarianism, Islamism and Islamo-fascism

    10/28/2008 2:31:29 PM PDT · by Righting · 3 replies · 261+ views
    religioncompass ^ | 10, 28, 08
    PODCAST: The Pax Islamica: Totalitarianism, Islamism and ‘Islamo-fascism’ Ana Belén SoageIn this frank and relevant interview, Matthew Feldman, one of the editors of the Political Religions section of Religion Compass talks with Ana Belén Soage, of the University of Granada. They candidly discuss the nature of contemporary and modern politicised Islam.Soage argues that the so-called ‘moderate’ forms of politicised Islam differ from the more radical forms (epitomised by groups like Al Qaeda) in degree only, not in kind. Any form of Islamist movement, she argues, necessarily requires the formation of a ‘Pax Islamica’; an essentially totalitarian aim. Islamist movements are...
  • New Congregation of Maronite Sisters To Be Founded in Eparchy (First in U.S.) (Catholic Caucus)

    05/31/2008 5:17:15 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 123+ views
    The Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn takes the historic step this June of establishing the first congregation of active religious sisters of the Maronite Church within the United States. Called the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light, these sisters will assist parish priests throughout the eparchy in a variety of pastoral work, ranging from directing religious education programs, to working with families, youth, and the elderly. Statement from Bishop Gregory J. Mansour The contribution made by consecrated women in the Church is beyond measure. The Maronite Church is no exception. The time has come for the Eparchy of Saint...
  • Patriarch in the Oval [Open]

    05/23/2008 10:22:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 45+ views
    WITL ^ | May 22, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    At the tail-end of his Stateside swing-through -- just one leg of his monthlong overseas tour -- the Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir held talks yesterday with President Bush on the uncertain political situation in Lebanon: The U.S. President, according to An Nahar, told Sfeir that only Lebanon's armed forces should be responsible for keeping security in the country. Bush stressed that the U.S., along with other European countries, will help the army in this regard. Sfeir delivered to Bush the same memorandum that he had given to U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon and the permanent members of the...
  • Top Lebanon Christian cleric heads for US talks (think the pope's schedule was rough?)

    05/06/2008 4:24:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 61+ views
    AFP ^ | May 4, 2008
    Cardinal Nasrallah Peter Sfeir BEIRUT (AFP) — Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, from whose Maronite community Lebanese presidents are drawn, left on Sunday for the United States, for talks due to focus on Lebanon's protracted presidential vacuum.Sfeir will hold talks with President George W. Bush on May 22 after a stop in New York to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the Maronite church said.Sfeir said ahead of the visit he hoped Washington could contribute to efforts to ease the political crisis in Lebanon, which has been without a president since November amid wrangling between feuding leaders."The American officials know about...
  • Catholic Iraqi refugees arrive, are welcomed by Maronite parish

    12/07/2007 1:43:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 377+ views
    cns ^ | Dec-6-2007 | Terence Hegarty
    Following years of persecution and not being able to attend Mass because of the threat of terrorism, Huzni Hermez and his family left their war-torn homeland of Iraq and found a place where they could freely practice their Catholic faith. With the cooperation of St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church in Springfield, Springfield-based Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts and the Diocese of Springfield, Hermez and his family -- including wife Muntha Sooloka; children Yusif Yusuf, 6, Raymon Yusuf, 4, and Eleana Yusuf, 3; and Hermez's mother, Sarra Khoshaba -- arrived in Springfield Nov. 15. They are Chaldean Catholics, members of...
  • Lebanon delays presidential election

    09/25/2007 8:20:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 66+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 25, 2007 | SAM F. GHATTAS
    Lebanon's parliament on Tuesday put off a session to elect a new president until next month after the legislature failed to muster enough lawmakers because of a Hezbollah-led opposition boycott.The announcement was made by a parliamentary official in the chamber after the bell rang three times to call the lawmakers into session. Lawmakers from the pro-government majority were in the chamber for 30 minutes, but many opposition members, who gathered in the building, stayed in the hallways.The gathering in parliament was held under tight security after last week's assassination of a legislator from the majority.The postponement had been expected after...
  • Harb pledges to be forceful president [Maronite "ready to fight" Israel, "protect Hezbollah"]

    09/12/2007 2:12:26 AM PDT · by familyop · 13 replies · 366+ views
    Lebanese Lobby (Lebanon) ^ | 11SEP07 | Francis Matthew
    Beirut: Boutros Harb, long-serving Maronite Lebanese Member of Parliament, is standing for president and reaching out to the Shiite Hezbollah, across the political divide in the country. He is part of the ruling anti-Syrian coalition, called 14 March, but he has hopes of support from parts of the pro-Syrian opposition coalition, called 8 March. Harb spoke on the Shiite TV station NBN earlier this week, and to Gulf News the day before. "I have proposed that the Lebanese army and government must be in control of declaring war, and that we should find a way to incorporate Hezbollah's forces into...
  • New Emphasis on Life and Family from Head of Maronite Catholic Church

    08/11/2007 7:18:30 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 292+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 7, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    New Emphasis on Life and Family from Head of Maronite Catholic Church By John-Henry Westen BEIRUT, LEBANON, August 7, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Cardinal Sfeir, spiritual head of the more than 15 million Maronite Catholics spread throughout the world, has in the past few months launched a new emphasis on life and family issues. Charbel El-Chaar, the Founder of St Charbel for Life, the first Arab Catholic Pro-Life website on the Internet (http://lilhayat.com/ ), spoke with LifeSiteNews.com about the significant development. El-Chaar quoted from homilies delivered by the Patriarch in June which addressed rejecting homosexual 'marriage',...
  • Lebanon - Cabinet faces crucifixion for canceling Good Friday

    06/26/2007 6:34:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 1,067+ views
    Daily Star ^ | June 25, 2007
    BEIRUT: The Cabinet's decision to no longer acknowledge Good Friday as an official national holiday triggered an outcry from a number of prominent Lebanese Christians over the weekend. Good Friday is "a central day in Christian culture," Jbeil Maronite Archbishop Bishara Raii said during an interview with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) Saturday. "Canceling it as a holiday is a violation of Christian norms."The government should have consulted with various Christian religious figures before issuing any decisions. Christians would never allow such a key day to be simply left off calendars," Raii said.Tourism Minister Joe Sarkis had defended the move,...
  • HAWAREYEEN (Week of Apparitions)

    04/08/2007 4:06:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 360+ views
    USA Maronite ^ | April 8, 2007
    The season of Resurrection opens with the week that has been known by different names in the liturgy: Week of Resurrection, Easter Week, Week of Renewal, and last but not least, "Week of Weeks". However, the name most commonly applied to it is "Week of Hawareyeen". The word suggests the idea of "white" and "justification". It refers either to the angels at the empty tomb (who announced his resurrection, clothed in white), or to the Lord's disciples (who believed in his resurrection and thus, were clothed in "justification"), or also to the newly baptized members of the Church (clothed both...
  • Torkelson: Maronites celebrate home of their own (CO parish dedication)

    04/02/2007 1:56:48 PM PDT · by siunevada · 3 replies · 318+ views
    Rocky Mtn. News ^ | March 19, 2007 | Jean Torkelson
    Nearly three years ago I sat on a rectory porch with a young pastor who spoke freely of his worries but kept his biggest dream to himself. What the Rev. Armando Elkhoury saw as important was holding together his tiny Colorado flock of Maronite Catholics. Many hailed from Lebanon - where he's from - and other war-ravaged lands throughout the Middle East. Back then, Elkhoury's flock of 40 families was dependent, you could say, on the kindness of relatives. Aligned with Rome and the pope, they found refuge at All Souls Catholic Church in Englewood, which gave them a rectory...
  • HOSANNA SUNDAY

    04/01/2007 1:11:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 454+ views
    Maronite Heritage ^ | April 1, 2007
    Hosanna Sunday On the next day, when the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, (even) the king of Israel."Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written: "Fear no more, O daughter Zion; see, your king comes, seated upon an ass's colt."His disciples did not understand this at first, but when Jesus had been glorified they remembered that these things were written about...
  • ASH MONDAY - Beginning of Lent - a time of purification and reflection

    02/19/2007 7:20:46 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 1,757+ views
    February 19, 2007
    Maronite Catholics, like many other Eastern Catholics, get a jump-start on Lent, which begins on "Ash Monday." Father Makram Kozah, spiritual director at the Maronite patriarchal seminary in Lebanon, said the early start gives Maronites "seven full weeks for Lent." "Thursday of the drunkards" precedes Ash Monday. Many Catholics enjoy a cocktail or arrack -- Lebanon's national liquor made from grapes -- with family and friends, but "Thursday of the drunkards" is typically considered the start of a feasting period before the Lenten fast. In previous generations when families were large, a lamb was slaughtered on that Thursday. This gave...