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Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: Peter J] #361768 03/16/11 07:12 AM
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Actually, it is not quite correct to say that the election of an Eastern Catholic patriarch is "confirmed." Rather, a newly elected Eastern Catholic patriarch asks for and receives "ecclesiastical communion" from the Pope. CCEO can. 76 § 2. As you can see from the example of the Syrian Catholic Patriarch, this usually happens within days. In the case of the new Maronite Patriarch, it may take until the weekend since Pope Benedict XVI is on retreat until Saturday.

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Egads! Is this the first clean-shaven Eastern Catholic patriarch in history perhaps?

Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: SamB] #361770 03/16/11 10:19 AM
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Many years to Patriarch Bechara Rai!


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Egads! Is this the first clean-shaven Eastern Catholic patriarch in history perhaps?


The previous Chaldean Patriarch Mar Raphael I Bidawid was clean-shaven too - http://www.aina.org/images/raphael2.jpg

Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: Francisco] #361782 03/16/11 04:36 PM
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Catholic News Service has a very good article about the new patriarch here: "Maronites elect patriarch expected to unite Catholics, speak truth."

h/t Luke Coppen

Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: Latin Catholic] #361789 03/16/11 08:27 PM
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BTW, who was the last Catholic patriarch to be elected, other than Benedict, and what year was that?

The Syrian Patriarch Ignace Joseph Younan, elected on Jan 20, 2009, confirmed on Jan 22, 2009


Thanks. I guess my qualifier "other than Benedict" wasn't necessary after all.

Follow-up question: what does it mean to say that the election was "confirmed"?


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Actually, it is not quite correct to say that the election of an Eastern Catholic patriarch is "confirmed." Rather, a newly elected Eastern Catholic patriarch asks for and receives "ecclesiastical communion" from the Pope. CCEO can. 76 § 2. As you can see from the example of the Syrian Catholic Patriarch, this usually happens within days. In the case of the new Maronite Patriarch, it may take until the weekend since Pope Benedict XVI is on retreat until Saturday.


As I previously noted, newly elected Eastern Catholic Patriarchs need no confirmation from the Pope.

In the case of the election of the Syrian Catholic Patriarch, the Synod of Bishops was convoked and held in Rome at the Vatican.

Upon his election on January 20, 2009, he immediately requested ecclesiastical communion from Pope Benedict XVI, who granted it on January 22, 2009 in writing, accompanied with his congratulations!

Amado

Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: Latin Catholic] #361798 03/17/11 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Latin Catholic
Catholic News Service has a very good article about the new patriarch here: "Maronites elect patriarch expected to unite Catholics, speak truth."


It will be interesting to see whether he can or tries to unite the 2 political factions among the faithful of his Church - not a spiritual issue, but a very contentious one among the Maronites presently, both in the Old Country and among recent immigrants from there.

Many years,

Neil


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
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Over the past couple days, I've seen a number of interviews (both broadcast and in print) with "people in the street" and there is a common theme: inevitably, Mar Bishara is described as one who, although it may not be to certain people's taste, has always "spoken the truth" and, from my experience, that is quite true. smile

It was interesting that he had a closed-door tête-à-tête for about half an hour yesterday with the "leader" of the Orange faction, from which (uncharacteristically for the Maronites wink ) not one word leaked! Nor was there a published post-meeting photo (at least not one that I've seen).

Now we have to wait to see the shape of the new Patriarchial Curia. That will, I think, be very telling.

Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: chaldobyzantine] #362144 03/24/11 03:20 PM
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In case anyone is interested, Mar Beshara will, as noted earlier, be formally enthroned 25 March. This will be at 10h30 (Beirut standard time), 04h30 EDT. I'm under the impression that the ceremony will be broadcast on Télé-Lumière-Noursat, but their website seems to be experiencing the proverbial "technical difficulties," so I've been unable to verify.

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FYI, it looks like I was mistaken about the timing. It will be at 17h00 local. According to what was broadcast on Télé-Lumière-Noursat, it will be carried live starting at 12n00 EDT.

Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: Francisco] #362191 03/25/11 10:19 AM
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malphono,

Thanks for the broadcast data - hopefully, someone will pick up Tele-Lumiere's feed.

Sam,

Off-topic, but just noticed that you posted to the thread. First time we've heard from you in a long while. Good to see and hope you're well, my Melkite brother.

Many years,

Neil


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Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: Irish Melkite] #362201 03/25/11 12:33 PM
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It was announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has granted ecclesiastical communion to Patriarch Béchara Boutros Raï in a letter dated March 24, 2011.

For those who read French, here is the text of the Pope's letter.

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Re: NEW MARONITE PATRIARCH [Re: ag_vn] #362365 03/28/11 08:07 AM
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