Alrahi Following The Pope's SIgning of Patriarch Hoayek's Honoring Decree: Pride of Lebanon, The Maronite Church And The Patriarchate
06 Jul 2019
Lebanon - Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bshara Boutros al-Rahi, declared Saturday from Bkirki that Pope Francis had decided to consecrate the life of virtues of the late Patriarch Elias Boutros al-Hoayek (1843-1931) by signing a decree to honor him.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Patriarchal Edifice earlier today, al-Rahi said: "The great Patriarch Elias Hoayek, Father of Greater Lebanon, has been honored by His Holiness the Pope - a source of pride for Lebanon, the Maronite Church, the Patriarchate and the Sisters of the Sacred Holy Family he founded - declaring that he has lived in heroism of divine, human, moral and social virtues."
"We are pleased today to announce this news not only to Lebanon and the Maronites, but to all the Lebanese and all Maronites in the world and all Christians," added al-Rahi, deeming it a dedicated act for Lebanon at a time of difficulties witnessed at the national level, whether politically, economically, socially, financially or security-wise.
"We hope today that this new blessing from heaven to our land would be an incentive for us to live in hope, faith and love, and that it would be an incentive for all Lebanese, Maronites and Christians, especially all politicians, because the Patriarch is the one who fought for Lebanon and wrote about the understanding of the nation," the Patriarch corroborated.