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New Maronite Patriarch outlines vision for Lebanon's future

Catholic World News - March 29, 2011

The newly elected leader of the Maronite Catholic Church voices his concerns for Lebanon and the Middle East during his investiture ceremony.

Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rahi alluded to the military adventures of the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon, the heavy Syrian influence in the nation’s political affairs, Israeli encroachments, and the challenges of dialogue between Christians and Muslims. The investiture ceremony was attended leaders of all the major political factions in Lebanon, in a testimony to the enormous influence of the Maronite Church: the largest Christian body in Lebanon.

Patriarch Rahi said that the Maronite Church would pay special attention to the y oung people who are the “future of the Church and Lebanon.” He promised efforts to encourage young people to remain in the country, and to help Maronites who have emigrated retain something of their Lebanese identity.

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