Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,368 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Statue of St. Maron dedicated at Vatican; no word on Maronite Patriarch's resignation

Catholic World News - February 23, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI blessed a statue of St. Maron, the founder of the Maronite Catholic Church, before his public audience on Wednesday, February 23.

The 15-foot marble statue of the 5th-century Syrian monk stands in a niche in the outer wall of St. Peter’s basilica. Having exhausted the available room for statues inside the basilica, the Vatican in recent years has added statues of notable saints on the outside wall.

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman was at the Vatican for the dedication of the statue, acknowledging the enormous influence of the Maronite Church in that country. Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir also joined in the ceremony.

Cardinal Sfeir, who is 90 years old, has submitted his resignation, and there was speculation that the Pope might use the Lebanese prelate’s visit to Rome as the occasion to make that resignation official. But no announcement was made.

The Maronite Patriarch had met privately with Pope Benedict earlier, and their conversation probably touched on the timing of the resignation announcement. Because the Maronite Synod of Bishops would elect his successor, one critical consideration is the replacement of other Maronite bishops who are now beyond the normative retirement age, so that their successors would be able to participate in the Synod vote.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,746 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,253.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 15 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? 19 hours ago
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6