Volume 39, Number 3
From the Archive
Children play chess in the village hall during a regional chess competition in Nyíracsád, Hungary, near the Romanian border. Founded over a thousand years ago, Nyíracsád lies in a region of hills and thick forests. (photo: Balazs Gardi)
29 January 2013
In this October 2011 photo, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter speaks to reporters at CNEWA’s office in New York. (photo: Erin Edwards)
Someone familiar to all of us at CNEWA will be preparing the Way of the Cross, which is prayed in Rome’s Coliseum on Good Friday: Cardinal Bechara Peter Rai, the Maronite patriarch of Antioch. (The VIS announcement is here.)
In 2011, before he was named a cardinal, the patriarch paid us a visit here in New York. The visit attracted lots of media attention at the time.
More recently, the cardinal played a critical role in Pope Benedict’s historic trip to Lebanon.
The cardinal joins a long and storied list of contributors to this particular devotion. Last year, for the first time, a married couple, Danilo and Anna Maria Zanzucchi, composed the meditations. In 2005, the meditations and prayers were written by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
Below is a video report, from Rome Reports:
Tags: Prayers/Hymns/Saints Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai Rome Maronite Catholic
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