President Michel Suleiman noted on Friday that the Lebanese people are “willingly” turning Lebanon into a battle ground through the unrest in the northern city of Tripoli and through fighting in the Syrian region of al-Qusayr. He said on the occasion of the Resistance and Liberation Day: “The concept of resistance must rise above strife on the internal scene or in fraternal countries.”
“We must therefore not pay the price of the democracy of others,” he remarked after meeting Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji at the Defense Ministry in Yarze.. “Lebanon has not reaped the rewards of the liberation of southern Lebanon” and its people have not liberated themselves from their allegiances to political powers, he continued on the 13th anniversary of the liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation. [Link]
AMMAN, Jordan — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the United States was increasingly concerned that the escalating fighting in Syria might slip across the border with Lebanon and destabilize that country. “We’re deeply concerned about this spilling over into Lebanon,” said Mr. Kerry, who came to Jordan to attend an 11-country meeting on the deteriorating situation in Syria.
Lebanon, Mr. Kerry added pointedly, is “at risk.” The decision by Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and Iranian ally, to join the battle for the strategic city of Qusayr in Syria, and the prospect that the Syrian rebels might respond by carrying the fight to Hezbollah operatives in Lebanon, has alarmed the Obama administration. [Link]
The plans underway to implement the Landmark project in Downtown’s Riad al-Solh Square will come to a halt after a number of historically significant ruins were discovered in the area, Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun told The Daily Star Monday. “I have informed the owners of Landmark that their project cannot continue after these important findings on the site,” said Layyoun just a few days after archaeologists reported that among the discovered ruins was an ancient Roman gate and the remnants of one of the country’s oldest churches.
“I was convinced to make this decision months ago and I have been waiting for the right time to make the announcement that the plot of land owned by Landmark is an archaeological site that should not be tampered with in any way and should become public property,” Layyoun said over the telephone. [Link]
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi met on Wednesday Pope Francis I with whom he took part in the daily mass held at the Vatican. The patriarch then held a closed-door meeting with the pontiff during which he requested that he offer his blessing to Lebanon and the Middle East. He hoped that he would also pray for its people and that “God would answer the prayers of the pontiff in the church and the world.” Al-Rahi is scheduled to remain in Rome to attend a three-day conference on immigrants and the displaced. [Link]
KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - When it comes to the news, it seems like ecumenical efforts directed at restoring full Christian communion are taking place under the radar. Even so, I suspect it is a sleeping giant, for when unification is achieved, all of heaven will rejoice and the world will change. The historic meeting last week between Pope Francis and Tawadros II, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, is the latest example of efforts directed at Christian unity. Their words were filled with generosity and hope.
Tawadros II congratulated Francis on his appointment as Pope and Bishop of Rome. "I am honored and very glad to be here in the Vatican. Despite its being the smallest country in the world, it is the most important country for its great influence and Holy Service." He wanted this meeting to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Shenouda III, which took place on May 10, 1973. That was the first visit ever by a patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria to the Vatican. It began the process to heal the old wounds of distrust opened centuries ago. Paul VI and Shenouda III signed a joint statement pledging to search for reconciliation and unity between the two Churches. That meeting was followed by Pope John Paul II's visit to Egypt in 2000, during his Great Jubilee pilgrimage to the places where Christianity began. John Paul II pictured the unification of the Eastern and Western Churches as breathing with two lungs. As I understand it, the image represents the importance of uniting the West's more rational and organizational approach with the East's more intuitive, mystical and contemplative approach.
BEIRUT: Moody’s negative outlook of both Lebanon’s sovereign bonds and banks’ deposit ratings is seen as another strong message that the political vacuum and failure to implement reforms can no longer be ignored. Just one day after Moody’s changed the outlook of sovereign bonds to negative, the international rating agency changed to negative from stable the outlook on the long-term local-currency Ba3 deposit ratings of the three largest Lebanese banks: Bank Audi, BLOM Bank and Byblos Bank. The three Lebanese banks, which are listed on Beirut Stock Exchange, hold a big chunk of the country’s Treasury bills and Eurobonds and therefore their exposure to the public debt may be alarming.
But some of the banks interviewed by The Daily Star dismissed the possibility of any negative repercussion on the three lenders, stressing that the growth in deposits this year is expected to be reasonable. [Link]
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Aleppo, Syria, May 23, 2013 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Orthodox and Catholic Christians in the Middle East gathered this week to pray for and appeal for the realease of two Orthodox bishops who were kidnapped in Syria one month ago.
Vatican City, May 23, 2013 / 08:31 am (CNA).- Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of Benin and officials from the Pontifical Lateran University presented a new chair whose goal will be to study African politics and form new generations of leaders in the Church’s social doctrine.
Abuja, Nigeria, May 23, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA).- As the Catholics of the Diocese of Ahiara protested the appointment of a bishop from a nearby diocese as their shepherd, local bishops expressed sadness at the disunity in the Church of Nigeria.
Washington D.C., May 8, 2013 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have criticized an Israeli plan to re-route a separation wall through the Cremisan Valley in the West Bank, claiming such a move would harm both Christian families and religious orders.