from ONE

A City Reborn
by Amal Bouhabib
(From ONE magazine March 2006)
Destroyed by war, Beirut’s downtown rises once more

by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine September 2005)
The Maronite Church

by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine March 2006)
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church

(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Not just a nation, but a message

You Gave Life to the Dead
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2001)
A prayer commemorating the paschal mystery in the Maronite tradition.

Home Away from Home: Maronites in the United States
by Chorbishop Seely Beggiani
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1997)
A history of the Maronite Church and its North American faithful.

Traditions: A Profile of Lebanon’s Maronites
by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1994)
The Maronites have survived for 1,500 years despite persecution, war and civil strife. Our Beirut correspondent takes us to the heartland of this community.

America’s Eastern Rite Catholics: Living Witnesses to Faith
by Regina J. Clarkin
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1982)
Eastern Catholics from around the world continue to celebrate their ancient liturgies on America’s shores.

Faith and Courage: The Story of Maronite Catholics
by A.V. Crawford and Nora Coyne
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1979)
The power of the centuries-old story of Maronite Catholics is renewed through the faith of its members.

from News

New Maronite Patriarch Pledges to Reach Out to Muslims
Catholic News Service (29 March 2011)
The new patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church pledged to work with Muslims, noting that Lebanon is a country of partnership between Muslims and Christians.

New Maronite Chapel at National Shrine
Catholic News Service (28 September 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a ceremony reflecting their Lebanese heritage, Maronite Catholics gathered Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the consecration of a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon.

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.

Pope Names Head of Canada’s Maronite Catholics
Catholic News Service (10 January 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI named the priest in charge of coordinating his papal visit to Lebanon to head the Maronite Catholic community in Canada.

Maronite Bishop Shaheen Resigns; Cathedral Rector Named Successor
Catholic News Service (11 July 2013)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, 76, head of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon since early 2001.

Lebanese Bishop Says He Was Target of Failed Kidnapping
Catholic News Service (26 March 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Bishop Simon Atallah of Baalbek-Der El-Ahmar said he was the target of a failed kidnapping attempt on 22 March.

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.

Lebanon’s Maronite Bishops Condemn Islamist Incursions
Catholic News Service (8 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic bishops underscored their “full confidence” in the country’s military and security forces as the Lebanese army battled Islamist militants’ incursion into Lebanon near the border with Syria.

Bishops Urge Arab, Muslim Countries to Preserve Christian Presence
Catholic News Service (16 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic bishops urged Arab and Muslim countries to combat terrorism in order to preserve the Christian presence in the Middle East.

Papal Envoy, Maronite Patriarch Visit Displaced Christians in Iraq
Catholic News Service (22 June 2015)
BERUIT (CNS) — Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan, representing Pope Francis, and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter traveled to Erbil, Iraq, to meet with Christians who had fled from Islamic State forces.

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from Blog Content

More on the President and the Patriarch
Were Maronite Patriarch Bechara and U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled to meet or not? Our good friends at Catholic News Service have dug deeper, unearthing some additional details.

Maronite Patriarch Visits CNEWA
Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai held a press conference at CNEWA's headquarters to promote peace and unity through open dialogue.

Picture of the Day: Meet the Press
CNEWA President Msgr. John Kozar, left, and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai, right, listen to a reporter's question during yesterday's news conference at CNEWA's New York headquarters.

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

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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A Note From Syria:
"It Is Too Difficult for the Church Life"

Today, I was touched to receive the brief handwritten note pictured above.

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Spotlight on the Eastern Churches:
The Maronite Church

The Maronites’ greatest accomplishments are perseverance in the faith, the unique relationship forged between patriarch and people, and their role in the creation of modern Lebanon.

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)