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  • Maronite patriarch asks prayers for Lebanon

    07/14/2006 12:29:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 495+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | July 14, 2006
    Patriarch Nassrallah Pierre Sfeir, the head of the Maronite Catholic Church, asked for prayers for the people of Lebanon during a July 13 press conference in Massachusetts. The Maronite patriarch, Lebanon's most prominent Church leader, spoke to reporters as he concluded a trip to the US, during which he sought to increase awareness of his country's problems. Thanking American leaders for their support, he said that "the Lebanese are determined to live far from terrorism, tyranny, corruption, and despair." Saying that he is "very concerned and anxious" for Lebanon in the light of this week's new violence, Cardinal Sfeir condemned...
  • Turkish media hostile to Papal visit, bishop says (call for no praying at Hagia Sophia)

    07/13/2006 12:03:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 1,419+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 13, 2006
    Konigstein, Jul. 12, 2006 (CNA) - According to Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of the Diocese of Anatolia, Turkey, the stabbing of a Catholic priest has exposed a media-led campaign to undermine the success of the Pope’s trip to the country. Turkey’s beleaguered Christian population of barely 100,000 were shocked after the elderly French Father Pierre Brunissen was knifed - allegedly by a schizophrenic - in the northern port city of Samsun last week. It was the sixth attack on a Churchman in as many months. Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need earlier this week, Bishop Padovese said...
  • Lebanese church leader visits 'my people' (Patriarch celebrates Maronite Liturgy at MA parish)

    07/13/2006 10:02:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 654+ views
    Eagle Tribune ^ | July 13, 2006
    LAWRENCE - At Lawrence Municipal Airport, children and adults held flower bouquets and waved Lebanese flags as they waited for a very important person - Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Cardinal Sfeir.Sfeir, head of the Maronite Church worldwide, was making a historic stop in Lawrence during a tour of the United States."It was like a piece of Lebanon coming to us," said Dalia Abourjeili, 16, of Methuen. The Methuen High School student attended with her mother, Hiam.Michelle Bou-Mitri, 20, also was at the airport. "I wanted to show him our hospitality and welcome. We look up to him as our spiritual leader,"...
  • Syria pulled its army (from Lebanon) but left us its secret services and friends, says Cardinal

    07/05/2006 4:21:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 258+ views
    Asia News ^ | July 5, 2006
    Mar Nasrallah Pierre Cardinal Sfeir Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Beirut (AsiaNews) –Syria might have pulled its army out of Lebanon, but it has left its secret services. It has “friends” in the country and anyone can draw his own conclusions from that, said Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir who answered US reporters’ questions in Chicago yesterday about developments following last year’s assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Syria’s withdrawal under international pressure.The cardinal, who is in the United States on a visit to local Maronite communities, reiterated his views about Hezbollah, namely that when...
  • Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church to Make Historic Stop Greater Boston Area July 12-14

    07/05/2006 9:30:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 599+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 5, 2006
    LAWRENCE, Mass., July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In his only stop in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, His Beatitude and Eminence Nasrallah Peter Cardinal Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, will pay an historic visit to St. Anthony's Maronite Church in Lawrence, MA July 12-14.The visit, part of an approximately month long tour of Maronite religious communities in the United States, marks the first time that Cardinal Sfeir has visited St. Anthony church in Lawrence, MA, and is only the fourth time that a Maronite patriarch has journeyed to the United States.Cardinal Sfeir will arrive at Lawrence Airport on the...
  • Cardinal Sfeir receives key to America's 'Gateway to the West'

    07/01/2006 2:44:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 336+ views
    Daily Star ^ | July 1, 2006
    BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir expressed his gratitude at being presented with the key to America's "gateway to the West" at St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis Thursday.The prelate led a service at the Cathedral in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the first Maronite bishopric in the US."Our meeting today confirms the Maronite Church is still active in this bright cathedral," he said. "I am glad to see your families' dreams growing and coming true through the generations." Sfeir also expressed his happiness to see that recent Lebanese and Middle Eastern expatriates have found...
  • Pope's Address to Constantinople Patriarch - On Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

    06/30/2006 7:00:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 277+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 29, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, JUNE 30, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the address Benedict XVI delivered Thursday to members of a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, led by Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas of Pergamum, who came to Rome on the occasion of the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. * * * Dear Brothers in Christ, With great joy and sincere affection in the Lord, I welcome today your eminence, Metropolitan Ioannis, and the other members of the delegation that his holiness Bartholomew I and the Holy Synod of the ecumenical patriarchate have graciously sent for the feast of Sts. Peter and...
  • ANCIENT ROOTS II: JOURNEY TO LEBANON - ORDINATION OF A NEW AMERICAN BISHOP

    05/27/2006 2:23:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 206+ views
    EWTN ^ | May 27, 2006
    Program about the ordination of only the second American born bishop in the history of the Maronite Catholic Church Sunday May 28, 2006 10:00 PM Tuesday May 30, 2006 2:00 PM Friday June 2, 2006 4:00 AM
  • Role of the Patriarch (in the Catholic Church):The Patriarch in Our Melkite Church

    05/19/2006 12:48:21 PM PDT · by pravknight · 40 replies · 338+ views
    Melkite Eparchy of Newton ^ | Fr. Francis Marini
    Every Melkite faithful knows that the head of the Melkite Catholic Church is the Patriarch, at the present time Gregory III (Laham). The role of the Patriarch is not always well understood when it comes to the situation of Melkites who are living outside the Middle East, the historical seat of the Patriarchate of Antioch. According to the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the Patriarch is the “Father and Head” of the Melkite Church. As Patriarch, he enjoys full authority over all the bishops, priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful of the Melkite Church according to the norm...
  • Three Italians, Romanian killed in Iraq bomb attack on troops

    04/27/2006 4:53:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 279+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 27, 2006
    ROME (AFP) - Three Italian soldiers and a Romanian serving in Iraq have been killed when a bomb ripped through their convoy near Nasiriyah in the south of the country, the Italian defence ministry revealed. The ministry had earlier said that three soldiers had been killed, but a fourth died in hospital shortly after the attack. Leaders across the political spectrum in Italy condemned the attack, which occurred on the eve of the first meeting of parliament following a divisive general election. Outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who had maintained Italian troops in Iraq in the face of strong public...
  • New Coptic Patriarch Elected

    04/03/2006 4:33:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 2,531+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 3, 2006
    Bishop Naguib Replaces Cardinal Stephanos II Gatas VATICAN CITY, APRIL 3, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Retired Bishop Antonios Naguib of Minya of the Copts was elected new patriarch of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts. The new patriarch is replacing Cardinal Stephanos II Ghattas, 86, who had presented his resignation to Benedict XVI, the Vatican press office announced today. The new patriarch, 71, was elected by the Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Coptic Church, meeting in St. Joseph's Convent of the Egyptian Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Cairo on March 20, as established by the Code of Canons of the Eastern...
  • 2 Days of Fasting and Prayer Urged for Iraq

    03/27/2006 4:46:38 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 243+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 27, 2006
    ROME, MARCH 27, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly of Baghdad has proposed April 3-4 as days of fasting and prayer for peace in Iraq. Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni read the patriarch's appeal on Sunday, during a visit to the Italian city of Gallipoli. "We have estranged ourselves from God by our deeds," wrote the patriarch in the message, which was reported by Italian bishops' SIR news service; "we do not obey his will, and we have moved away from piety and virtue, from forgiveness, and because of this the blood of so many brothers has been shed and...
  • Abolition of the Title "Patriarch of the West"...(truncated)

    03/22/2006 5:07:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 309+ views
    Vatican Web Site ^ | 3/22/2006 | Holy See Press Office
    Note: automated translation from Italian to English: OFFICIAL NOTICE Of The PAPAL COUNCIL FOR the UNIT Of the CHRISTIANS APPROXIMATELY The ABOLITION Of the TITLE "PATRIARCH Of The WEST" OF The YEARBOOK PAPAL , 22.03.2006 OFFICIAL NOTICE Of The PAPAL COUNCIL FOR the UNIT Of the CHRISTIANS APPROXIMATELY The ABOLITION Of the TITLE "PATRIARCH Of The WEST" OF The PAPAL YEARBOOK Of The Papal Yearbook 2006 lack, in the enumeration of the titles them of the Pope, the title it "Patriarch of the West". Such absence has been commented in various ways and it demands a clarification. Without the pretension...
  • Russian patriarch tells pope he hopes for 'rapid resolution' of Catholic-Orthodox divide

    03/17/2006 9:38:34 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies · 731+ views
    KYIV ^ | March 17, 2006
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has told the pope he hopes for a "rapid resolution" of the 1,000-year-old problems that divide the Catholic and Orthodox churches, according to a letter released Friday by the Vatican.Patriarch Alexy II wrote to Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 22 to thank him for a letter he sent congratulating the patriarch on his birthday.In the letter, Benedict repeated his frequent call for the Catholic and Orthodox churches to work toward greater communion."Gestures and words of renewed fraternity between the pastors of the Lord's flock indicate a more intense collaboration...
  • Reasons for dropping "Patriarch of the West"

    03/02/2006 7:34:35 AM PST · by Petrosius · 28 replies · 355+ views
    Bettnet.com ^ | March 3, 2006 | Domenico Bettinelli
    A reader notes that perhaps we can see the roots of why Pope Benedict has decided to drop the papal title of Patriarch of the West in a document from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith that he signed in 2000. It is called “Note on the Expression ‘Sister Churches’". The relevant paragraph is number 3 after the introduction:In Christian literature, the expression begins to be used in the East when, from the fifth century, the idea of the Pentarchy gained ground, according to which there are five Patriarchs at the head of the Church, with the Church...
  • Pope drops title for unity (with Orthodox)

    03/02/2006 5:55:25 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies · 505+ views
    Scotsman ^ | March 1, 2006
    POPE Benedict has dropped one of his nine official titles, giving up "Patriarch of the West" in a discreet step apparently intended to help promote closer ties with the Orthodox churches of the East. Benedict will retain titles such as Vicar of Jesus Christ and Servant of the Servants of God, but the patriarch title will not appear in the Vatican's directory, Church officials said yesterday. The Pope has stressed his desire to improve ties with the Orthodox churches, which split from Rome in 1054. "The patriarchate of the West was contrasted with that of the East," Cardinal Achille Silvestrini,...
  • Orthodox Leader Says He Plans To Meet With Pope Benedict XVI

    01/08/2006 5:18:07 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 383+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | January 6, 2005 | Mitch Stacy
    TARPON SPRINGS -- The spiritual leader of the world's 200 million-plus Orthodox Christians said Thursday that he is eager to meet with Pope Benedict XVI sometime in the coming year in an effort to heal the long-standing rift between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. Visiting this heavily Greek community northwest of Tampa for the annual Feast of the Epiphany celebration, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I told reporters that the pope plans an official visit sometime this year to his headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey. "We are in very good relationships with the present pope, Benedict XVI, and I'm in the very...
  • Central Florida Blessing

    01/07/2006 6:22:06 AM PST · by DocRock · 8 replies · 240+ views
    The Lakeland Ledger ^ | January 7, 2006 | Cary McMullen
    TARPON SPRINGS -- Amid the sounds of ancient liturgical chants, the spiritual leader of all Eastern Orthodox Christians presided over the largest Epiphany ceremony in North America on Friday. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I continued his historic visit to the Greek Orthodox community in central Florida, commemorating the centennial of the Epiphany ceremony in Tarpon Springs. More than 50,000 people were present for Friday's services, according to a report from Tarpon Springs police. It was the first time an Ecumenical patriarch visited Central Florida. "It is a great honor. It is something exciting," said Roula Roussos, a member of St. Sophia...
  • Tarpon Springs Celebrates Epiphany

    01/05/2006 8:21:25 PM PST · by DocRock · 10 replies · 902+ views
    TBO.com News ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | DAVID SOMMER
    TARPON SPRINGS - Dress warm, get there early and be prepared for a massive crowd. That's the advice offered by organizers of the 100th annual Epiphany Day celebration, which promises to draw the biggest crowd ever. His All Holiness Bartholomew, the ecumenical patriarch of all Eastern Orthodox churches, will officiate at prayer services that begin at 7:30 a.m. today inside St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The patriarch will throw the cross into Spring Bayou at what for many is the highlight of Epiphany Day activities when more than 50 teenage boys dive into the 70-degree springwater to retrieve the holy...
  • 100th Epiphany Day Event Will Be Global Celebration

    01/05/2006 3:20:08 PM PST · by DocRock · 28 replies · 602+ views
    TBO.com News ^ | Jan 3, 2006 | DAVID SOMMER
    CLEARWATER - For its 100th anniversary, the Tarpon Springs annual Epiphany Day celebration is going international. And it's doing so in a big way. His All Holiness Bartholomew, the ecumenical patriarch of all Eastern Orthodox churches, will travel from Istanbul, Turkey. High-ranking Orthodox clergy from around the world are expected to attend, as well as ambassadors to the United States from Greece, Turkey, Russia and Cyprus, representatives of the U.S. Senate and House and, possibly, the White House, said Bill Planes, chairman of the Patriarchal Centennial Visitation Committee. And when 53 teens, most of Greek descent, dive into the waters...
  • Patriarch Adds To Epiphany Pomp

    01/04/2006 5:48:26 PM PST · by DocRock · 4 replies · 450+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 4, 2006 | By ROBIN STEIN
    TARPON SPRINGS -- Here at the end of a beaten brick road, beneath a canopy of live oaks and date palms is Spring Bayou, the center of the annual Orthodox Christian rite that has earned this small seaside town the name "Epiphany City." Year after year, tens of thousands of visitors descend upon Tarpon Springs for Epiphany, which begins today. It's a multiday festival of Greek folk culture and Orthodox ceremonies in honor of the baptism of Jesus Christ and the revelation of the Holy Trinity. Friday morning, onlookers from Tampa, Atlanta, Ontario and New York will funnel into the...
  • 10 (Catholic) Deacons Ordained in Basra (Iraq)

    12/07/2005 6:41:31 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 322+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 7, 2005
    BASRA, Iraq, DEC. 7, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The diaconate ordination of 10 Chaldean Catholics in Basra has given believers hope in the future, says Archbishop Djibrail Kassab. Last Sunday, the archbishop celebrated the closing Mass of the Year of the Eucharist. "We celebrated the feast of the Annunciation according to the Chaldean liturgy," the prelate told AsiaNews. The 10 were ordained on that occasion. "The church was full; we were about 350," the 67-year-old prelate said. "We could read happiness on the faces of the faithful and the new deacons." The Chaldean archbishop continued: "We shall pray for peace and security...
  • Iraqi (President Talibani) Tells Pope: Christians' Rights Will Be Respected

    11/11/2005 6:40:37 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 407+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 10, 2005
    President Talabani Says Benedict XVI Sees Progress in Constitution VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Iraqi Constitution guarantees the rights and freedom of the nation's Christians, President Jalal Talabani told Benedict XVI. The country's constitution, and the scourge of terrorism, were the main topics of the talks between the Pope and Talabani, who was received in audience today in the Vatican. In statements published by AsiaNews, Talabani later said that the Holy Father referred to the Iraqi Constitution as "progress." For his part, the president said he assured the Pope that the rights and freedom of Iraqi Christians will...
  • Violence on Patriarchate in Turkey(my title b/c MSM blackout,Moslems attack Christian Leader)

    11/06/2005 12:36:04 PM PST · by longtermmemmory · 6 replies · 423+ views
    ".....the most recent hostile demonstrations and threats against the holy center of world Orthodoxy, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, in Istanbul, Turkey. This latest assault took place last Thursday, October 28, when groups of Turkish nationalists and other extreme elements demonstrated in Phanar against the Ecumenical Patriarchate chanting slogans such as “one night we’ll come to the Phanar,” “go away Patriarch,” “Patriarch don’t test our patience,” “take the Patriarchate and go to Greece,” and the like. Before police intervened, the angry demonstrators reached the entrance to the Patriarchal compound, and placed a black wreath in front of the gate. ......"
  • Lebanon looks to Patriarch Sfeir during rough patch

    10/31/2005 12:50:05 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 378+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 31, 2005
    Beirut (AsiaNews) – The Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir is fast becoming a point of reference not only for Christians but for the entire nation. This is increasingly felt as Lebanon lives through a difficult time, thanks to internal repercussions of the Mehlis report and debate surrounding the future of the President of the Republic Emile Lahoud. Yesterday, in his homily, the Patriarch once again underlined the need of a spiritual revival based on values of faith in the Eucharist, and he expressed concern about the current state of affairs: there is a prevalent “perplexity which has gripped the minds of...
  • Vatican Synod of Bishops - 11OCT05 - Presentations by Orthodox Representatives

    10/12/2005 10:02:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 417+ views
    Vatican Press Office ^ | October 11, 2005
    Below are the summaries of the interventions: - H.E. JOHANNIS (Zizioulas), Metropolitan of Pergamo; President emeritus of the Academy of Athens (GREECE) It is a great honour for me to be given the opportunity to address this venerable episcopal Synod and bring to it the fraternal greetings and best wishes of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Church of Constantinople. The invitation to our Church to send a fraternal delegate to this Synod is a gesture of great ecumenical significance. We respond to it with gratitude and love. We Orthodox are deeply gratified by the fact that your Synod, too,...
  • New patriarch chosen for Holy Land

    08/22/2005 12:48:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 311+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/22/5 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    In an unprecedented situation; the Greek Orthodox Church in the Holy Land elected a new patriarch on Monday to succeed their ousted leader in the wake of a controversial east Jerusalem land deal, even though he is still recognized by the State of Israel. The unanimous 14-0 election of Metropolitan Theofilos, by the Church's Holy Synod put Israel and the church on a virtual collision course for the time being, and could result in a split in the church. Church rebels had stopped recognizing the authority of Patriarch Irineos I three months ago over a shady deal involving alleged property...
  • Analysis: Replacing disgraced patriarch of Jerusalem a tough choice

    07/28/2005 2:43:22 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 10 replies · 341+ views
    Analysis: Replacing disgraced patriarch of Jerusalem a tough choice Roland Flamini United Press International July 28, 2005 WASHINGTON -- By the time the synod of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem convenes on August 15 to elect a new patriarch of the Holy City, they hope to have evicted the current one from the residence where he has dug himself in, protected by Israeli police. Patriarch Irineos I was voted out of office by his peers in the Episcopal Synod in May when it emerged that he had, without proper consultation, leased church property in East Jerusalem to Jewish developers....
  • Benedict XVI Hopes to Visit India, Says Prelate

    07/11/2005 6:46:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 11, 2005
    BANGALORE, India, JULY 11, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has expressed his desire to visit India, says Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore. "The Pope expressed his desire to visit India when I had a brief exchange with him during my visit to Rome on June 29-30," the archbishop told a press conference here. His comments were reported by ICNS, the Indian bishops' news service. Archbishop Moras was in Rome to receive the pallium, a woolen band that symbolizes the bond between archbishops and the Pope. The archbishop said that he would invite the Holy Father to Karnataka and Bangalore in particular,...
  • Joy among Jerusalem Orthodox, Ireneos excommunicated as Patriarch

    05/25/2005 12:48:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 435+ views
    Asia News ^ | May 25, 2005
    Father Dimitrios, secretary to the Jerusalem Synod, with enthusiasm tells AsiaNews what happened.“Our community is full of joy. Yesterday, the Synod in Constantinople accepted the decision of the Synod of Jerusalem and no longer considers Cardinal Ireneos as patriarch. This amounts to excommunication since the Orthodox Church no longer accepts him as patriarch. Ireneos can no longer work with any Church in that capacity and we no longer have to mention his name during the liturgy,” he said.Father Dimitrios, who has served the Church in the holy city for 20 years, said that tomorrow at noon the Greek-Orthodox Synod of...
  • Benedict XVI: Break Up the Patriarchy of the West?

    05/14/2005 9:29:13 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 41 replies · 879+ views
    OrthodoxyToday ^ | May 5, 2005 | Jacobse
    May 5, 2005 Ratzinger advocated breaking up the Latin Patriarchate ...Joseph Ratzinger, for example, pointed out the need to disentangle the confusion between the patriarchal and primatial roles of the bishop of Rome and to break up the Latin patriarchate, replacing it with a number of “patriarchal areas,” that is, regions with an autonomy similar to that of the ancient patriarchates, but under the direction of the episcopal conferences. In an essay entitled “Primacy and Episcopacy,” Ratzinger developed the theme at greater length: The image of a centralized state which the Catholic church presented right up to the council does...
  • Russian Orthodox Patriarch Reacts to Election of Benedict XVI

    04/26/2005 10:19:24 AM PDT · by TaxachusettsMan · 429 replies · 4,530+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 25, 2005 | Stacy Meichtry
    "We don't know if that's going to affect (relations) with the Russian Orthodox church. The future will show," Interfax new agency quoted Patriarch Alexy II as saying. Metropolitan Kirill, a senior official in the Russian Orthodox church, attended the meeting with Benedict on Alexy's behalf. Alexy ruled out the possibility of inviting Benedict to Russia in the near future, calling on the new pope to address the proselytizing of Orthodox followers by Catholic missionaries that he alleges went on during John Paul's reign. These accusations led Alexy to block John Paul from visiting Russia in 2004, ending the late pontiff's...
  • Maronite leader calls on Hezbollah to disarm

    03/19/2005 4:07:41 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 343+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 18, 2005
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The patriarch of the Maronite church, Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir called for Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to disarm along with Syria's promised withdrawal from the country. Sfeir, who has become a leading figure in the Lebanese Christian opposition in addition to his religious duties, spoke after meeting UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) here to discuss the evolving situation in Lebanon. "They were a group that fought to free southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation," Sfeir said of Hezbollah, which helped push Israel out of the country in 2000 after 22 years. "But now that has...
  • Patriarch Sfeir meets President George Bush today

    03/16/2005 7:54:41 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 331+ views
    Asia News ^ | March 16, 2005
    Beirut (AsiaNews) – US President George W. Bush will receive Maronite Patriarch Nassrallah Sfeir at 1:40 pm today (GMT -5) in the White House. Sources close to the Patriarch told AsiaNews that the prelate will talk to the President about his country’s current crisis as well as the relevant facts that led to it: civil war and its causes, foreign involvement, the Taef Agreement and the failed planned Syrian pullout. He will also inform Mr Bush of what his country expects from the United States, namely help to regain its independence and sovereignty and support to take its place...
  • Lebanese Cardinal to Meet With Bush (Maronite Patriarch Invited to White House)

    03/15/2005 1:16:17 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 2,286+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 14, 2005 | HUSSEIN DAKROUB
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Maronite Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, a strong critic of Syria's control in Lebanon who left Monday for a meeting with President Bush (news - web sites), has emerged as a key opposition figure whose influence cuts across sectarian lines in this religiously diverse nation. The soft-spoken 84-year-old patriarch, head of the 900,000-member Maronite Catholic Church, began criticizing Syrian interference in Lebanese affairs when few dared challenge the authority of the pro-Syria government and its Syrian backers. His first major salvo came in September, months before Lebanon was thrust into the spotlight with the Feb. 14 assassination of former...
  • Dialogue between opposition and pro-Syrian faction urgent, says Maronite Patriarch

    02/27/2005 6:46:07 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 314+ views
    Asia News ^ | February 27, 2005
    Beirut (AsiaNews) – As pro- and anti-Syrian factions engage in a power struggle, the Patriarch of the Maronite Church, Card Nassrallah Sfeir, warns the Lebanese against division.Tensions are in fact running high. Two rallies are scheduled for tomorrow—one pro- and one anti-Syrian—to coincide with the Lebanese National Assembly reconvening. The atmosphere is one of foreboding as the opposition tries to defeat Prime Minister Rachid Karame’s government for its pro-Syrian positions.Speaking during Sunday mass in Bkerke, Patriarch Sfeir cautioned his fellow Lebanese against the danger of “division which could lead the country to ruin”.Whilst repeating his demand that  Lebanon’s sovereignty be fully...
  • Patriarch and Nuncio to visit village where Druze attacked Christians

    02/19/2005 1:55:28 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 563+ views
    Asia News ^ | February 18, 2005
    Maghar (AsiaNews) – Next Sunday, Mgr Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Mgr Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land, will visit the village of Maghar, in the Galilee, where Druze residents recently attacked local Christians—who did not react in kind—forcing some 2,000 of them to flee their homes.At 10:30 am, the Patriarch and the Nuncio will celebrate a festive liturgy as a token of solidarity towards Maghar Christians. Leaders from other Christian Churches in the Holy Land shall also take part in the event. Foreign ambassadors have been invited.Maghar is a village of about 18,000...
  • Papal telegram to Patriarch Sfeir on death of Rafik Hariri

    02/18/2005 9:56:43 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 480+ views
    Asia News ^ | February 18, 2005
    Vatican City (AsiaNews) – A “criminal gesture which offends God and men, [who are] created in His image and likeness,” said John Paul II about the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese magnate turned politician, who died on February 14 in a car bomb attack in downtown Beirut.In the telegram of condolences sent by Card Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State of the Holy See, to the Patriarch of Antioch and the Maronites, Card Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, the Pope said he was “praying ardently for the beloved land of Lebanon” and called on “all the Catholic faithful of Lebanon to a...
  • After Hariri’s death, US official invites Patriarch Sfeir to the US

    02/17/2005 1:41:42 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 480+ views
    Asia News ^ | February 17, 2005
    Beirut (AsiaNews) – US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William Burns met yesterday evening Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in the wake of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination. The meeting took place in the Patriarch’s residence in Bkerke and lasted 45 minutes. Sources close to the Patriarch told AsiaNews that His Beatitude might travel to the United States to meet high level US government officials.Rafik Hariri died in a bomb attack on Monday that also killed another 15 people, including former Trade Minister Basel Flaihan, an Anglican deputy in Lebanon’s parliament.After the meeting, Mr Burns...
  • Patriarch congratulates Bush

    01/22/2005 12:42:04 AM PST · by jb6 · 263+ views
    Interfax) ^ | Jan 21 2005 5:46PM
    MOSCOW. Jan 21 (Interfax) - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia has congratulated George W. Bush on opening his second term in office, saying he hopes that the U.S. president will care about the welfare of Americans and all people on the planet. "The power that you lead is one of the most influential ones in the modern world. It is the one that in large part determines on what foundation relations between peoples will be built," the patriarch said in a greeting on Friday. Alexy said he hopes that "Christian ideals of kindness and justice, peace and...
  • DRIVE MERCHANTS OUT OF THE TEMPLE! BAN ABORTIONS! CALLS PATRIARCH ALEXIS

    12/17/2004 9:02:06 PM PST · by jb6 · 15 replies · 297+ views
    Novosti ^ | 2004-12-15 18:43
    MOSCOW, December 15 (RIA Novosti) - Commerce is not to penetrate the Church, stressed Alexis II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, while addressing a diocesan conference of the Moscow clergy today. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church came down on such priests as succumb to the secular world's pressure, reports the conference press service. "The Orthodox Christian mind is secularizing. The ecclesiastical spirit is receding. Spiritual blindness is coming in. Commerce is getting ever stronger in many aspects of parochial life as an alarming token of all those evils. Material interests come into the foreground ever more often...
  • Turkey Policies on Christian Minorities Spark Debate

    12/03/2004 6:20:08 PM PST · by ionian · 21 replies · 1,680+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.03, 2004 | JAMES C. HELICKE, Associated Press Writer
    Turkey Policies on Minorities Spark Debate Fri Dec 3, 1:50 PM ET Middle East - AP By JAMES C. HELICKE, Associated Press Writer ISTANBUL, Turkey - A furor in Turkey ignited by the title of a Christian spiritual leader on a U.S. embassy invitation has underscored concerns about the largely Muslim country's treatment of minorities two weeks before the European Union (news - web sites) decides whether to open membership talks with Ankara. The problem revolved around the status of the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, a Turkish citizen and ethnic Greek. He is...
  • The Greatest Man in the World

    11/28/2004 8:12:43 AM PST · by FryingPan101 · 121 replies · 4,496+ views
    Self | November 28,2004 | FryingPan101
    The greatest man in the world died peacefully in his sleep three hours ago in his home in Georgia with his wife of 62 years by his side. My dad was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne in WWII. He fought mightily in the Korean Conflict. He held Silver Stars and numerous awards of the Purple Heart. He was the proud owner of six combat jumps. He was a man of honor, love of country, devotion to family. Our family loved him deeply and our hearts are broken. He wanted to get to the WWII Memorial Dedication more than anything...
  • Why I Launched the Campaign Against Verizon's Anti-Father Ad

    11/22/2004 7:39:00 PM PST · by PercivalWalks · 74 replies · 3,735+ views
    Why I Launched the Campaign Against Verizon's Anti-Father Ad By Glenn Sacks A mother attempts to help her son with his homework, and fails. The son is annoyed with his mother's ignorance, and turns to his father with a look which says "obviously females can't do math--get her out of here." The father tells the mother to go wash the dishes. When she is slow to comply, he orders her away from her son, and then he yells at her. Is it a Public Service Announcement from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence? A clip from a documentary about life...
  • Vatican takes steps in bid for reconciliation with Orthodox

    11/01/2004 10:32:08 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 224+ views
    Ardmoreite ^ | October 31, 2004 | Victor Simpson
    VATICAN CITY -- Call it icon diplomacy. Just as the visit of a U.S. table tennis team to China -- "pingpong diplomacy" -- helped open the way for a visit by President Richard Nixon in 1972, the Vatican is hoping that a series of small steps can break down barriers with the Russian Orthodox Church and Orthodoxy elsewhere, bringing Pope John Paul II to Russia. The Vatican recently returned a Russian icon revered by the country's Orthodox community, and now plans to send back the relics of two Orthodox saints taken from Constantinople as plunder by Crusaders eight centuries ago....
  • Pope to meet with Iraqi prime minister at Vatican

    10/30/2004 7:10:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 285+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 30, 2004
    IRAQ - VATICAN Pope to meet with Iraqi prime minister at Vatican Chaldean Patriarch Delly in visit to Al Sistani in Najaf. Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Pope John Paul II will meet next week with Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi at the Vatican. Msgr Emmanuel Delly, Chaldean Patriarch in Baghdad told AsiaNews that  Mr Allawi will go to the Vatican “next week”. News agencies in Rome, quoting Vatican sources, said the meeting between John Paul II and the Iraqi Prime Minister will be held on the 4th of November.John Paul staunchly opposed the U.S.-led war against Iraq. But he strongly supports...
  • Patriarch of Baghdad: "We must stay in Iraq to build peace"

    10/16/2004 1:53:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 16, 2004
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) – "Iraq is our country, our homeland: why should we leave, why should we not stay?" Though saddened by this latest episode of violence against Christians, the Catholic Chaldean Patriarch, Monsignor Emmanuel Delly, stresses that terrorism has struck and continues to strike Muslims as well.  Monsignor Delly reaffirms that Christians are firmly resolved to remaining in Iraq and to building, along with their Muslim brothers, a future of peace for their country: "This is our homeland: at the moment, dark clouds are crossing over it, but they will surely pass.  Peace will return to this martyred land."In an interview with AsiaNews,...
  • Pope does not need to come to bring icon copy -- Alexy

    08/14/2004 5:58:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 309+ views
    ITAR TASS ^ | August 13, 2004
    MOSCOW, August 13 (Itar-Tass) - A copy of the Kazan Virgin Mary icon will be handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church in the Assumption Cathedral in the Kremlin on August 28. The copy was kept in the Vatican and two cardinals will bring it to Russia to hand over to the Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II told Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Patriarch's residence in Peredelkino. There is nothing new in talks with the Roman Catholic Church, but that the icon kept in the Vatican will be returned on Assumption...
  • Pope Hoping Patriarch's Visit Boosts Ecumenism

    06/28/2004 1:17:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 149+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 27, 2004
    1964 Encounter of Paul VI and Athenagoras to Be Commemorated VATICAN CITY, JUNE 27, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II hopes that the imminent visit of the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople this week will relaunch the commitment toward full union between divided Christians. Bartholomew I, considered first among equals among Orthodox patriarchs, will participate in the Mass that the Pope will preside over in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday, solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Before praying the Angelus today with thousands of pilgrims gathered in the square, John Paul II clarified that with the forthcoming encounter "We want to...
  • Number of candidates for Moscow patriarchal throne reduced

    06/11/2003 12:49:43 PM PDT · by John David Powell · 19 replies · 149+ views
    The Current Digest of the Soviet Press/Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press | June 11, 2003 | unknown
    Copyright 2003 The Current Digest of the Soviet Press Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press June 11, 2003 SECTION: The Russian Federation -- Religion; Vol. 55, No. 19 SOURCE: METROPOLITAN GAMES. -- Mefody Is Sent to Kazakhstan to Reduce the Number of Candidates for Aleksy II's Throne. By Artyom Pukhov. Nezavisimaya gazeta, May 12, 2003, p. 3. Condensed text: Some sensational rearrangements in the leadership of the Moscow Patriarchate were made at a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church last week in Moscow. By a decision of the Synod, Metropolitan Mefody (Nemtsov) of Voronezh and Lipetsk,...