Bassam Shahateet,Episcopal of Roman Melkite
Catholics welcomed Dr.
Gregory Laham, the Syrian patriarch of the Melkite
Greek Catholic church has called on his fellow Christians to stay in Syria, despite the brutal conflict raging in the country.
The pope will bring a message of "peace in the Middle East," where violence has raged in Lebanon's neighbor Syria for a year and efforts to resolve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict are as mired as ever, said Gregory III Laham, the head of the Melkite
Greek Catholic Church.
If they want a more "historic" tone, why not seek melodies from the earliest church, such as those still used in the Melkite
Eastern-rite Catholic Masses.
A priest speaking for the Catholic Greek Melkite
Church in Egypt said that it was not an isolated event.
On his part, the current Melkite
Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Gregory III said in his speech that the centre aims at being a local and international centre for dialogue in humanity, religion, culture, civilisation, industry, politics, thought and aspirations.
Beirut- May 11 (ONA) Lebanese President Michel Sulaiman opened today the International Centre for Dialogue / Leqaa of the Melkite
Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East' in Al Rabwa East of Beirut.
The singer christened little Eddy and Nelson in a Melkite
Greek Catholic ceremony, which honoured her husband Rene Angelil's heritage.
Her representative said of the Melkite
Greek Catholic rite: "It was a beautiful, traditional family ceremony.
He has worked with Greek Orthodox, Latin rite Catholic and Melkite
communities in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt.
We were inspired to see and hear what God is doing among the aboriginal peoples of Taiwan, and through Archbishop Elias Chacour and the Melkite
Catholic Church in Galilee among Palestinian Christian, Muslim and Israeli children.
Court bailiffs near Even Sapir forced seven Greek-Catholic Melkite
monks from the monastery of St.
Mr Netanyahu was trying to block the appointment of Palestinian Archbishop Pierre Mouallem to lead mainly Arabic-speaking Melkite
Christians in the northern Israeli region of Galilee last month.
The Vatican also works with and through Maronite and Melkite
Catholics in Lebanon.
This English translation of a French original not easily accessible owing to its Lebanese place of publication is a welcome addition to Anglophone literature on the subject of the Melkite
community, and the possible ecumenical implications of its ethos.