Maronite patriarch’s interview on Syria stirs new criticism

The Daily Star 10/3/2012 BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai’s recent remarks on the ongoing developments in Syria and the challenges facing Christians in the region is drawing another round of criticism from March 14 figures. In an interview with Reuters earlier in the week, Rai said he fears that the so-called Arab Spring could turn violent and result ...

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 ...

Orthodox, Maronites warn Christians not to sell land

Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Ignatius IV Hazim, center, attends a religious service at Saint George Orthodox Cathedral in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)

The Daily Star 12/1/2012 BEIRUT: The Maronite League expressed its concern Wednesday over the sharp increase in land sales in Christian districts in Lebanon, as Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim called for discouraging and preventing such sales. In a statement issued after a meeting of its executive council, the League expressed “its concern over the continuous and ...

Hazim: Syria unlikely to witness a civil war

The Daily Star 22/10/2011 BEIRUT: Syria is unlikely to face a civil war despite the current unrest in the country, according to the Orthodox patriarch, Ignatius IV Hazim, who said he supported the views of the Maronite patriarch. Speaking during a radio interview, Hazim said he agreed with Patriarch Beshara Rai’s fears that Islamist fundamentalists might take power ...