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New Maronite Patriarch to Visit U.S.
Catholic News Service (3 October 2011)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai will make his first pastoral visit to the United States Oct. 4-25.

Maronite Patriarch Visits United States
Catholic News Service (25 October 2011)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the “Arab spring” movement will devolve into an “Arab winter,” said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.

Syriac Church in Baghdad Commemorates 2010 Massacre
Catholic News Service (4 November 2011)
BAGHDAD (CNS) — In a somber Mass commemorating the 2010 massacre at the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance, Catholic leaders urged their faithful to have hope for the resurrection of Iraq.

Pope to Visit Lebanon in September
Catholic News Service (9 April 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will visit Lebanon Sept. 14-16, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai announced during Easter Mass at the patriarchal seat in Bkerke, Lebanon.

Maronite Patriarch Calls for Dialogue in Syria
Catholic News Service (6 June 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Warning that Lebanon is going through a critical juncture, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai called for national dialogue to address the security and political situation in the country.

Maronite Patriarch’s New Role as Cardinal
Catholic News Service (20 November 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholics in Lebanon said Pope Benedict XVI’s naming of Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai as a cardinal reinforces the church’s support for Christians in the Middle East.

Lebanon’s Catholic Leaders Urge Peace Through Dialogue
Catholic News Service (11 December 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Catholic leaders urged their people to work toward dialogue and to reject violence and war.

Pope to Lead Full Slate of Holy Week, Easter Liturgies
Catholic News Service (29 January 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will lead a full slate of Holy Week and Easter liturgies in Rome and at the Vatican, keeping pace with a usually busy papal schedule.

New Cardinals Get their Assignments to Roman Curia
Catholic News Service (31 January 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Two months after receiving their red hats, the six newest members of the College of Cardinals have received their assignments as members of Vatican congregations, councils and offices — one of the clearest ways they help Pope Benedict XVI govern the universal church.

Lebanese Youths Lament Violence, Emigration in Way of Cross
Catholic News Service (25 March 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meditating on Christ’s passion and the ways people contribute to his suffering, Lebanese youths lamented the ongoing emigration from and violence in the Middle East, divisions among Christians, the abuse of women and children, and other tragedy.

Maronite, Orthodox Leaders Call for Release of Kidnapped Syrian Bishops
Catholic News Service (14 June 2013)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch and Syria’s Greek Orthodox patriarch called for the release of two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria.

Maronite Official: Patriarch’s Visit to Israel Not Political
Catholic News Service (21 May 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — A spokesman for the Maronite Catholic Church said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter, will welcome Pope Francis to the Holy Land as head of the largest Antiochian Catholic Church and will not be there “to legitimate any one’s political claims.”

Maronite Bishops: Middle East Turmoil Threatens to Change Regional Map
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic bishops expressed their concern about the war in Syria and Iraq and warned that Lebanon’s presidential vacuum poses a dangerous risk to the country, particularly amid the escalating regional turmoil that they said threatens to change the map of the Middle East.

Patriarchs’ Lenten Messages Focus on Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (18 February 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The Middle East is suffering a “Way of the Cross” that is the greatest tragedy since World War II, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said in a Lenten message about suffering.

Lebanon’s Religious Leaders Affirm Christianity’s Role in Middle East
Catholic News Service (31 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders affirmed the “essential role” of the Christian presence in the Middle East and called for terrorism in the region to be confronted “culturally, educationally and politically.”

At Easter, Middle Eastern Patriarchs Encourage Hope Despite Turmoil
Catholic News Service (6 April 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East in their Easter messages urged the faithful to cling to the hope of the risen Christ amid raging wars, human suffering and the uprooting of Christians from their homelands in the region.

Lebanese Church Leader, Ambassadors Discuss Terrorism, Presidential Vacancy
Catholic News Service (16 April 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Peter met with top ambassadors in Lebanon and called for a “unified international stance” in the face of terrorism.

Maronite Patriarch to UNESCO: Christian Exodus Weakens Moderate Islam
Catholic News Service (28 April 2015)
PARIS (CNS) — The exodus of Christians from the Middle East — due to wars, conflicts, socio-economic crises and persecution — will weaken moderate Islam “which, thanks to the Islamic-Christian conviviality, is so far the vast majority of Muslims in the Middle East,” said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter.

In Syria, Maronite Patriarch Denounces ‘Death of the World’s Conscience’
Catholic News Service (8 June 2015)
DAMASCUS, Syria (CNS) — Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch, visiting war-torn Syria, condemned “the death of the world’s conscience” in its response to the violence in the Middle East.

Melkite, Maronite Catholic Synods Address Middle East Violence
Catholic News Service (22 June 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Meeting for their respective annual synods in Lebanon, Maronite Catholic and Melkite Greek Catholic bishops called for an end to wars in the region and for the election of a president in Lebanon.

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A Roundup on the Patriarch and the Press
A collection of articles concerning Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai's visit to the CNEWA headquarters.

"He is a Great Example for Humanity"
Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai visits the Lebanese-American community of Detroit.

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A New Exarch in the Old City
Bishop Moussa El-Hage was appointed the new Maronite patriarchal exarch in Jerusalem.

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More CNEWA Cardinals
Pope Benedict XVI today announced the naming of six new cardinals, including two with whom CNEWA works closely.

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Maronite Patriarch to Compose Text for Way of the Cross
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter will be composing the text for the Way of the Cross, which is prayed in the Roman Coliseum on Good Friday.

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Picture of the Day: The Middle East's Way of the Cross
Jesus falls the first time, the third Station of the Cross, is depicted in the prayer book for the Way of the Cross service on Good Friday at Rome's Colosseum. (image: CNS)

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Catholic-Muslim Marriage: Happily Ever After?
The Vatican is taking a closer look at the challenges facing couples from different faiths who marry.

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Lebanon’s Patriarch Visits CNEWA
As part of his pastoral visit to the United States, Bechara Peter Cardinal Rai, Maronite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch.

Picture of the Day: From Middle East to Far East
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter greets faithful at the Korean Martyrs Shrine in Seoul, South Korea on 22 August. (photo: CNS/courtesy Mychel Akl for Bkerke)

Lebanon Day Three: Joy, Hope, Resilience
Philip Eubanks and Chris Kennedy share more thoughts from the road in Lebanon.