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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 ( 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...

    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 ( 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 ( 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 ^ | 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 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 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...