| 1 October 2022, Saturday |

Pope Francis congratulates Al-Rahi on annunciation feast, 11th anniversary of the Patriarchate

Pope Francis congratulated Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, on the Feast of Our Lady of the Annunciation, in a message read by Papal Ambassador, Bishop Joseph Spetari, at the conclusion of the festive mass devoted to the occasion this morning, and also marking the eleventh anniversary of al-Rahi’s accession to the Patriarchal See of Antioch.

In his congratulatory message, Pope Francis said: “On the occasion of the Feast of the Annunciation, I am happy to send a warm greeting to your Beatitude, and I include you in my prayers for the intercession of our Mother, the Virgin Mary, Lady of Lebanon, and I ask the Holy Spirit to bestow grace upon you and to preserve your unity in the difficult circumstances that your country is going through…”

“I grant you my apostolic blessing with the audience of the Maronite Patriarchate and the people of your church,” Pope Francis added.

  • Sawt Beirut International