Al-Rahi to Visit Vatican, Discuss Presidential Impasse

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi is expected to travel to the Vatican on Thursday to meet with Pope Francis and senior officials.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Monday, talks will focus on the presidential deadlock and the exodus of Christians and minorities in Iraq and Syria.

Lebanon's top Christian post was left vacant in May this year when the rival MPs failed to elect a successor to President Michel Suleiman over their differences on a compromise candidate.

Media reports had said that the Vatican considers the presidential elections in Lebanon as a battle of existence that surpasses the Maronites and focuses on the active Christian role in state posts in the country and the Middle East.

Last week, al-Rahi headed a delegation from the patriarchs of the Orient to the Iraqi Kurdish region of Erbil.

Islamic State militants in Iraq have been waging a campaign against minorities in Iraq, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

Pope Francis called last week for collective action through the United Nations to "stop unjust aggression" in Iraq.

Al-Joumhouria reported that al-Rahi will head to Australia after the Vatican on a pastoral visit.



Comments 7
Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 25 August 2014, 11:40

You see what I mean flamethrower about these fakes and hypocrites(:

Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 25 August 2014, 11:58

flamethrower's english is perfect. Maybe he wrote that in a hurry because he has many threads and comments to attend to. Reduce undue criticism please

Default-user-icon Joe (Guest) 25 August 2014, 13:39

Excommunication, is a solution !

any Maronite who doesn't attend the next round of elections should be excommunicated !

Thumb geha 25 August 2014, 15:00

not just Maronites, rather all falling under the Vatican authority.

Thumb geha 25 August 2014, 14:59

the Vatican should excommunicate aoun for blocking the presidential elections.

Default-user-icon Amir (Guest) 25 August 2014, 15:34

Fatwa could also come from Bkirky or Vatican.???
For a country sake just elect one ....anyone....
Or wait until a new generation of future responsible leaders take over out of tribal politics and never ending talk with no action.

Good luck....this might not happen in our time

Favour, Barouk....etc are qualified to lead, Joumana Haddad.......many similar.

Look again, think again.....

Default-user-icon magic 8 ball (Guest) 25 August 2014, 15:38

FT is right the vatican has nothing to do with lebanese presidency. sleiman frangieh called it, bashar will appoint the president