Election of the Maronite Patriarch



(underlined text links to video)

Mary Queen of the Mountains
The Synod of Maronite bishops recently elected bishop Béchara Raï has been elected as the 77th patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites. He succeeds Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, 90, who held that post since 1986.

Bishop Raï, 71, has been bishop of Jbeil, Lebanon, since 1990. Previously, he served as an auxiliary bishop of Antioch since 1986. He was ordained a priest in 1967, and from that year until 1975 he was responsible for the Arabic-language edition of Vatican Radio.

Bishop Raï was inaugurated on March 25 in Bkerke, Lebanon, the see of the Maronite Catholic Church.

The majority of Christians in Lebanon are Maronite, approximately 930,000. The Maronite diaspora is far greater in number with nearly 3 million spread around the world.

Visit the sites below for clips on the new Maronite patriarch

Biography of Patriarch Bechara Rai
Mar Bechara Boutros Raï
77th Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai
Election of a Patriarch

Hold Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in your prayers for his transition to retirement.

Farewell Great Patriarch!

Hold Patriarch Mar Bechara Raï in your prayers!

Peace to you and blessings!

God bless you!

Overcoming Evil

Warrior God, Crucified Christ, teach me how evil is really overcome. Do not let me be part of the problem, but the beginning myself of the answer.

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