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Maronite Bishop Mansour named Catholic Relief Services chairman

WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops appointed Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour to be chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency.

Bishop Mansour heads the Eparchy of St. Maron in Brooklyn, N.Y. His appointment is for a three-year term. He succeeds Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, whose three-year term as chairman ended during the U.S. bishops' annual fall general assembly, held Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore.

Blending of cultures, veneration of Maronite saint's relics lead to ‘unique experience’

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Roxana Azurdia and her grandaughter, Krysta Flores, prayed at the reliquary of St. Sharbel Makhluf, an ascetic monk of St. Maron who was born in Labanon in 1828. St. Sharbel’s relics were at St. Raymond Maronite Cathedral, and events included a Mass celebrated in Spanish, Aramaic, Latin and English.

With the veneration of the relics of St. Sharbel at St. Raymond's Cathedral in St. Louis Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 came an opportunity to involve the Hispanic community in a Spanish Maronite Mass there Nov. 1.

Maronite Catholics belong to one of the 22 Catholic Churches that are in union with each other and in full communion with the pope in Rome. The spiritual heritage of the Maronite Church is traced to a fourth-century hermit, St. Maron. St. Raymond's architecture, liturgy and devotions are all part of the Lebanese Christian culture.

New Maronite bishop commits to 'life at your service'

New bishop of the Maronite eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, Bishop A.Elias Zaidan, center.
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Syria on the mind of Maronite bishop from St. Louis

Free Syrian Army fighters took positions as one of them fires his weapon toward what they say are snipers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in the old city of Aleppo Sept. 2. On Sept. 1, Pope Francis announced he would lead a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria Sept. 7.

In just a few weeks, Maronite Bishop Robert Shaheen will be travelling to Lebanon for the episcopal ordination of Bishop-designate Abdallah Zaidan. Earlier this year, Pope Francis appointed the 50-year-old to succeed Bishop Shaheen as the new head of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, which covers 34 states and is based in St. Louis.

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