Christian cleric

  • Lebanese Christian cleric to Hariri: avoid 'secret deals' in forming cabinet
    BEIRUT, October 25 (Reuters): Lebanon's top Christian cleric urged Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Sunday to avoid back-door deals and to quickly form a new government that will start lifting the country out of financial crisis. Veteran Sunni politician Hariri was named premier for a fourth time on Thursday, a year after huge protests against the ruling elite pushed him to quit. Hariri promised a cabinet of specialists to enact reforms set out in a French plan
  • 'Political paralysis': Lebanese patriarch points at Shi'ite leaders for cabinet delay
    BEIRUT, September 20 (Reuters): Lebanon's top Christian cleric took a swipe at leaders of the Shi'ite Muslim community on Sunday for making demands he said were blocking the formation of a new government and causing political paralysis in a nation in deep crisis. Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, leader of the Maronite church, did not mention Shi'ites directly but asked how one sect can demand "a certain ministry". Shi'ite politicians have said they mu
  • Lebanese Christian cleric seen to criticise Hezbollah, allies over crisis
    BEIRUT, July 12 (Reuters): Lebanon's top Christian cleric stepped up criticism of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah and its allies without naming them on Sunday, saying Lebanese rejected being isolated from their allies and driven into decline.   Lebanon is suffering a financial meltdown which marks the biggest threat to its stability since the 1975-90 civil war.   For the second sermon in a row, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai stresse