- Jan 28, 2020
Melkite Catholic bishops from around the world, gathering in Lebanon for their annual synod, called for reconciliation and peace in Syria.
A Melkite Catholic is seeking to visit her father’s grave, which is now surrounded by an Israeli military base.
Lebanon’s Catholic religious leaders appealed to the international community to stop the wars in the Middle East and to bring about a comprehensive and just peace.
Melkite Catholic Patriarch Joseph Absi called on attendees at the 51st National Melkite Convention “to support one idea, which is peace.”
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Patriarch Gregoire III Laham just after the Melkite Catholic Church seemed to have reconciled differences and decided to move forward. After a synod had been called in 2016, Melkite bishops called for Laham’s resignation.
In these blessed days, Lent comes to an end and we are on the threshold of the Easter Celebration, a feast that marks the passage from a life of slavery and dependence to a new life in the promised land, a land of freedom and of divine graces, which we have inherited on the day of the resurrection. Now we are beginning to live Holy Week with its celebrations and prayers which the Church has established as a help and a means to climb up to Golgotha, in order to accompany Christ on his painful journey to His crucifixion and burial, and the arrival of the dawn of deliverance.