Al-Rahi in Qatar to Lay Cornerstone for Maronite Church


Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi arrived Thursday in the Qatari capital Doha on a pastoral visit during which he will lay the cornerstone for the Saint Charbel Church, Lebanon's National News Agency said.

Speaking to reporters, al-Rahi thanked Qatar for “offering a land lot for the construction of the Saint Charbel Church.”

Qatar's cooperation “strengthens ties between the two countries,” the patriarch added, noting that “saints have the ability to unite people.”

Extending gratitude to Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, al-Rahi said: “He knows that Saint Charbel reinforces the great friendship between Qatar and Lebanon, and we as Lebanese must fortify this friendship whether we live in Qatar or in our homeland.”

Saluting Lebanese expats in Qatar, the patriarch noted that they “feel at home” in the small Gulf country.

Comments 4
Thumb whyaskwhy 19 April 2018, 20:58

lest hope he comes back with a few gifts that he will donate to the needy charities in Lebanon....

Thumb canadianleb 19 April 2018, 22:15

yah right

Thumb s.o.s 20 April 2018, 15:50

What a priority! Building a Church in a country where Lebanese expats can’t buy a home!

This money could have been used to fix existing churches that need restoration and to help the really needy people.

Thumb Puppet 20 April 2018, 16:54

I have the utmost respect for Al Rahi for Laying Cornerstone for Maronite Church for the millions of Maronites in Qatar.