Audeh Calls for Respecting Constitutional Deadlines, Resumption of Dialogue

Naharnet Newsdesk - 25/12/13 Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh called on officials in his Christmas sermon on Wednesday to respect the constitutional deadlines and resume dialogue among each other. “The country will not be well and will collapse of we didn't exert efforts to find consensus,” Audeh said at the St. George cathedral in downtown ...

Lamani Denies Contacting Kidnappers of Bishops in Syria, Lashes Out at ‘Inaccurate’ Media Reports

Naharnet Newsdesk - 12/11/13 Mokhtar Lamani, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's representative in Damascus, denied on Tuesday that he is personally contacting the kidnappers of the two Orthodox bishops, who were seized in northern Syria in April. Lamani's office denied in comments published in al-Akhbar newspaper that he contacted head of a radical Chechen group led by ...

Patriarch John X Calls for All-embracing Cabinet, Urges Responsibility in Case of Kidnapped Bishops

Naharnet Newsdesk - 15/10/13 Greek Orthodox Patriarch Youhanna X Yazigi stressed on Tuesday the importance of forming an all-embracing government to avoid a constitutional vacuum and consolidate civil peace. During a synod held in Balamand, he called for consolidating Lebanon and distancing it from the crises in the region. Yazigi said an all-embracing cabinet should be formed to confront dangers, avoid ...

Orthodox Leader Urges End to ‘Persecution’ of Christians, Especially in Mideast

Naharnet Newsdesk  - 8/10/13 The spiritual leader of the Orthodox Church called Sunday for an end to the persecution of Christians, especially in the Middle East. "Have we not been persecuted these days, our Christians in Syria, Egypt... and the Middle East, just for spreading God's words?" asked Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. "They cherish everyone while being persecuted by ...

Yazigi Celebrates Liturgy Attended by Suleiman, Miqati, al-Rahi

Naharnet Newsdesk - 18/2/13 Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Youhanna X Yazigi celebrated Liturgy at the St. Nicolas Cathedral in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district on Sunday in the presence of the country's top political and spiritual leaders. President Michel Suleiman, Prime Minister Najib Miqati, Phalange leader Amin Gemayel and Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi were among several ...

Bashar Assad Meets new Greek Orthodox Leader

Naharnet Newsdesk 12/2/13 President Bashar Assad met on Monday with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi, state media reported, a day after the newly-enthroned leader appealed for dialogue and peace in the war-torn Syria. "President Bashar Assad welcomed Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi," said state news agency SANA. "Assad congratulated the patriarch for the key role played by the Orthodox ...

Al-Rahi to Damascus for Inauguration of Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch

Naharnet Newsdesk 9/2/13 Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi revealed his intention to visit Damascus on Sunday to take part in the inauguration celebration of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch Youhanna al-Yaziji, the An Nahar daily reported Saturday. Al-Rahi's revelation came following a mass he held in the city of Tripoli on the occasion of Saint ...

Sami Gemayel: We Fully Back the Orthodox Gathering Draft Proposal

Naharnet Newsdesk - 12/1/13 Phalange Party MP Sami Gemayel restated his party's rejection of the 1960 electoral law, and reiterated approval of the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft law proposal, An Nahar daily said Saturday. “We fully back the Orthodox Gathering draft proposal,” said Gemayel. “The Christians have been marginalized for almost 23 years but no one voiced any ...

Audeh Calls on State to Treat People Equally

Naharnet Newsdesk January 2013 Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh stressed on Tuesday that Lebanon will not regain its reputation except with the efforts undertaken by its honorable citizens. “The people are equal before God even if their culture or social levels are different,” Audeh said during New Year's mass. He called on the state to protect the ...

Syrian Crisis Casts Shadow on Electing a Successor for Hazim

Naharnet Newsdesk – 15/12/12 Electing a successor to replace the late Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch Ignatius IV Hazim, which is due on Monday, could be delayed “until the situation crystallizes in Syria”, As Safir daily said Saturday. Metropolitan Saba Esper, who was elected as a temporary successor to Hazim, called earlier on Orthodox ...