- Feb 24, 2020
Cardinal Bechara el-Rai, the head of Lebanon’s Maronite Church, is expected to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia. Hariri shocked the nation by announcing his resignation from Riyadh, and said on Sunday he’ll return to Lebanon “within days” to resolve issues with the militant group Hezbollah, his rivals in the coalition government.
Lebanon’s proximity to conflict zones and its hospitality have made it a haven for those fleeing violence. Southern Lebanon shares a border with Israel. Eastern and northern Lebanon borders Syria; from Damascus, Syria to the border with Lebanon is only 15 miles. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, said throughout history, “many of our challenges came from outside Lebanon.”
Thousands of faithful from the Middle East as well as Lebanese diaspora from around the world joined Cardinal Bechara Rai for the Mass and recitation of the rosary on occasion of the “Lebanon Day in Fatima,” which this year commemorated the centennial of the apparitions.