Will Bishops Be Included in Deal

Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor  Lebanon Pulse - 15/10/13 A Lebanese minister confirmed to Al-Monitor that he has completely freed up his schedule for  the next few days, and will keep his mobile phone at his side until the end of  the Eid al-Adha holiday, which lasts from Oct. 15-17. He said he is waiting for  a call from ...

Syrian Islamist Rebels Threaten

A Syrian woman holds a banner for saving Maaloula while Lebanese and Syrian Christian Maronites pray for peace in Syria, in Harisa, Jounieh September 7, 2013.

Nasser Chararah for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse - 9/913 After the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved President Barack Obama’s plan to strike Syria, armed extremist Islamists entered the Syrian town of Maaloula, located to the northeast of Damascus. Maaloula does not hold a strategic position in the equation of the currently ongoing armed conflict in the ...

Lebanon’s Latest Church-State Scuffle

Elie Hajj for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse  - August 2013 In a rare instance of solidarity, the hard-line Association of Muslim Scholars endorsed the Lebanese Orthodox Church’s objection to the presentation of a particular dance performance during the Baalbek International Festival in August, which, due to the war in Syria, has been relocated from the Roman ruins of the City ...

Worries Grow About Fate Of Kidnapped Syrian Bishops

  Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse 7/8/13 A multitude of grim indications have surfaced about the tragic kidnapping of two bishops at the hands of armed factions in Syria. This most heinous of kidnappings in the ongoing Syrian conflict began on April 22, when news spread that gunmen near Aleppo had abducted the city’s Syriac Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim ...

Fear of Islamic Extremism Brings Eastern Churches Closer

By: Nasser Chararah for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse 8/3/13 Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi last month ended a four-day visit to Moscow on the invitation of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill I. The meeting is significant and constitutes an advanced step taken by Rahi to bring closer Eastern churches of various doctrines. This approach is supported by the Kremlin and the Vatican, ...