Maronite head sees meddling in Beirut

Maronite head sees meddling in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 21 (UPI) -- Syria still has some ambitions in Lebanon despite a growing thaw in bilateral relations, the leader of the Maronite Church said in Lebanon.

Church leader opposes Lebanese resistance

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The armed resistance movement associated with Hezbollah should integrate into the national Lebanese military, a leading Christian cleric said Tuesday.

Maronite patriarch for Lahoud's ousting

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Lebanon's opposition bid to oust pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud was backed by the Maronite patriarch, who declared it should be done constitutionally.

Lebanon: No Israel collaborators amnesty

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 28 (UPI) -- Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said he opposed a possible draft law for granting amnesty to thousands of former collaborators with Israel.

Lebanon church rejects election law

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 11 (UPI) -- Lebanon's Christian Maronite archbishops led by Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir Wednesday rejected the law covering upcoming general elections.

Lebanon congratulates Pope Benedict XVI

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 20 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahoud Wednesday congratulated Pope Benedict XVI on his election to succeed John Paul II.

U.S. wants Lebanon poll monitored

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield Thursday called for free and honest Lebanese elections with international monitors.

US envoy in Lebanon seeks Syrian pull out

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield said Sunday he was in Beirut to ensure the implementation of a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.
Nasrallah Sfeir
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) meets with the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon Nasrallah Sfeir (C) in the Oval Office of the White House on May 21, 2008. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir (Arabic: الكاردينال مار نصر الله بطرس صفير Al-Kārdīnāl Mār Naṣrallah Buṭrus Ṣufayr; born May 15, 1920) is the patriarch of Lebanon's largest Christian body, the Maronite Church, an Eastern Catholic Church in communion with the Holy See. He is also a Cardinal. He was elected Patriarch of Antioch for the Maronites on April 27, 1986, after the resignation of Cardinal Anthony Peter Khoraish. His official title is "His Beatitude and Eminence the seventy-sixth Patriarch of Antioch and the Whole Levant".

Sfeir was born in Rayfoun, Lebanon. He was educated in Beirut, and at Mar Abda School in Harharaya where he completed his primary and complementary studies, and Ghazir where he completed his secondary studies at St. Maron seminary. He graduated in philosophy and theology in 1950 at Saint Joseph's University in Beirut. He was ordained to the priesthood in the same year on May 7. From 1951 to 1955 he served as priest to the parish of Rayfoun. In 1956, he was appointed the secretary of the Maronite Patriarchate, based in Bkerké. In the same year, he became the professor of translation in literature and philosophy at the Frères Maristes (Marist Brothers) School in Jounieh.

In June 1961, he was appointed the titular bishop of Tarsus and Patriarchal vicar. In July 1961, he was elected a Bishop. He was elected to the primacy of the Maronite Church by the Council of Maronite Bishops, on April 27, 1986.

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