Orthodox Gathering says Mideast Christians under threat

The Daily Star - 6/9/13 BEIRUT: The Orthodox Gathering called Friday on the U.S. to weigh carefully plans to launch a military strike against Syria, warning such an attack would threaten the presence of Christians in the region. They also criticized the international community for remaining silent over a recent attack in the predominantly Christian village of ...

Christian parties, Hezbollah and Amal firm on Orthodox plan

By Hasan Lakkis The Daily Star 25/2/13 Opposition and majority sources told The Daily Star that ongoing talks have not yet broken the deadlock over a new electoral law but said this week could be decisive. Free Patriotic Movement MP Alain Aoun told The Daily Star that no one had contacted FPM leader Michel Aoun or any other FPM ...

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 ...

Berri wants Christian unity on electoral law

The Daily Star 21/9/2012 BEIRUT: If Christian parties adopt the Orthodox Gathering’s electoral proposal Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will most likely accept it, Tyre MP Ali Khreis said Thursday. In an interview with the Voice of Lebanon radio station, Khreis, a member of Berri’s parliamentary bloc, said that the speaker was very much concerned that a new ...

Bkirki committee may recommend return to 1960 election law

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, center, heads a meeting for Christian leaders in Bkirki, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (The Daily Star)

The Daily Star 9/2/2012 BEIRUT: In the wake of strong rejection of an electoral law proposed by the Orthodox Gathering, chances are reportedly high for a return to the 1960 election law. Quoting Christian political sources, Al-Markazia News Agency said Bkirki committee members were preparing a detailed report on the outcome of their talks with various political parties ...

Rai: Talks with Hezbollah focus on state

The Daily Star 27/1/2012 BKIRKI, Lebanon: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Thursday the ongoing dialogue between the Maronite Church and Hezbollah focused on the structure of the state and maintaining Lebanon’s neutrality in a turbulent Middle East facing a wave of popular upheavals demanding democratic change. Rai also warned that it would be “shameful” to return to the ...

Jumblatt acknowledges Christian Fears

In this Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 file photo, Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt speaks during a press conference in his house in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo)

The Daily Star 20/12/2011 BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said Monday that although he understood the fears of the Christian community he would announce a clear stance regarding a new election law which rival Christian leaders agreed upon last week for the 2013 parliamentary elections. “As for the election law, despite understanding the concerns of some ...

Maronite agreement on election law draws fire

By Hussein Dakroub The Daily Star 19/12/2011 BEIRUT: A radically new election law endorsed by Maronite leaders that would allow each sect to choose its own representatives during the 2013 parliamentary elections has come under fire from officials across the political divide, with some warning that it would deepen sectarianism in the country. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said ...

Maronite leaders approve Orthodox draft electoral law

The Daily Star 16/12/2011 BKIRKI/BEIRUT: Maronite leaders agreed Friday to support the Orthodox Gathering’s draft electoral law, and designated a committee to discuss the proposed law with Lebanese officials. A gathering of the leaders “agreed to designate [its] committee to begin negotiations with all parties over the Orthodox Gathering's proposal, which the attendees consider a valid formula to ...

Vatican envoy holds talks with Orthodox Gathering

The Daily Star 10/12/2011 BEIRUT: The Vatican’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Bishop Gabriel Caccia, met Friday with a delegation from the Orthodox Gathering to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East given recent changes in the region. The gathering’s secretary-general Michel Tueni, discussed with Caccia the situation of Christians in the east, particularly in Lebanon, in light ...

Orthodox Gathering sets up committee for Expats

The Daily Star 10/11/2011 BEIRUT: The Orthodox Gathering established a new committee Wednesday to follow up on the community’s affairs in different countries around the world. The gathering, a group of businessmen, politicians and Greek Orthodox clerics, was formed earlier this year in protest against what they called the marginalization of the Greek Orthodox sect in Lebanon. “We are ...

Lebanese Orthodox Gathering discusses electoral law with Geagea

6/10/2011 Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea met on Thursday with a delegation of the Lebanese Orthodox Gathering to discuss the Orthodox proposal on the electoral law. “The discussion with Geagea was [detailed], and he said that the Orthodox proposal on the electoral law is worthy of serious [discussion],” Saleem Habib, the delegation’s spokesperson, said following the meeting. Habib ...

Patriarch urges Orthodox community to boost its Role

2/8/2011 BEIRUT: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim said Thursday it was time for the Orthodox community to promote its role in Lebanon, following years of marginalization in state institutions. The patriarch made his remarks during discussions with the Orthodox Gathering, which has recently resumed its efforts to boost the role of the community in Lebanese state ...