During his trip to the San Francisco Bay Area, His Beatitude
will also be visiting with legendary vintners from the Napa Valley, Miljenko Grgich, Austin Hills and Margrit Mondavi, who have each assisted Roots of Peace by financing the planting of bountiful vineyards where landmines once prevented agriculture around the world.
A reception honoring His Beatitude
hosted by Lebanese Consul General Houssam Diab (by invitation only); and,
He added that his Beatitude
had confirmed the pressing need to prevent the occurence of any vacuum in the main positions in the country, whether political or administrative, stressing the paramount importance of moving to the Presidential election stage and stop drowning in tedious details.
Responding to a question whether His Beatitude
, during his meetings with the Russian political officials, asked to have Syria unified and Lebanon secured and stable, Yazigi said that it was normal to tackle such issues, pointing that he sensed comprehensive understanding and willingness to help to restore peace in Lebanon and Syria in specific, and the whole region in general.
In 2000 His Beatitude
Gregorios III appointed him Chancellor of the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Rabweh, Lebanon.
The Patriarch explained that Arabs should know whether they are on the track leading to more cruel or strict regimes - regimes that badly affect Christian minorities, or on the way to what is known as new Middle East project, which, according to His Beatitude
, means crumbling the Arab world into confessional statelets.
voiced support for democracy, freedom and modernism if abiding by values; yet, we must beware extremism and crumbling.
The delegation presented the Patriarch with a bunch of flowers and a set of five books as an expression of their loving and partnership that have already been raised and requested by His Beatitude
Afterwards, His Beatitude
received the Board of Trustees member of the Maronite Expats Foundation, Joseph Ghosoub, who discussed with him building a Maronite Church in Dubai.
NNA - Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rahi received Monday at his residence in Bkirki the family of Sheikh Youssof Kenaan, who congratulated His Beatitude
, presenting him with a 19th century cross made of wood and ivory.
Bishop Safar, for his part, related to His Beatitude
the security incident of Zahleh Church as well as the ongoing preparations for the upcoming Islamic Christian summit in Bkirki.
The message came from Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Fratini, handed to His Beatitude
by the Italian Ambassador Guissepe Morabito who was the first visitor today to Bkirki.