Maronite Patriarch Rai "a symbol of unification" for Lebanon

2012-11-26 Vatican Radio

On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI received in audience the six new Cardinals raised to the College of Cardinals in last Saturday’s Consistory. The Cardinals were accompanied by family members and faithful from their local communities.

The President of Caritas Lebanon came from Beirut for this weekend’s celebrations for Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai’s elevation to Cardinal. Fr. Simon Faddoul told Tracey McClure that hopes are high among the faithful in Lebanon that Patriarch Rai will be able to act as a symbol of unification at a time when political unrest and conflict in neighbouring Syria threaten to destabilize the country.