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FEATURE: An Update on Lebanon, by Cardinal Dolan

‘The Lebanese often quote Pope St. John Paul II: ‘Lebanon is, yes, a country, a nation. But, it is also a dream, a lesson, a message, a sign for all of us.’”

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FEATURE: A Walk With Cardinal Dolan: Part II – Lebanon

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has been busy abroad, but has wished to share with faithful his beautiful experiences in both Rome and in Lebanon. On the Cardinal’s blog and Twitter, he has posted various meaningful places and their history. He also has given an inside look at the strong faith lived out in the midst of daily challenges and how the Church is dedicated to helping. Here we bring you his recent trip to Lebanon, as Cardinal Dolan shared on his blog:

We Feel at Home

I’d like to share with you my homily from this morning at Saint Joseph Church in Beirut.

We feel at home here in Lebanon, a country that has been so hospitable to people from all over the world. We see people from all over the Church universal and feel at home because we know we are members of a family that extends to every continent and every language.

A Day with the Good Shepherd Sisters

This is really what we came to see: the good work that you, the Catholic people of good will in the United States, are doing for the people in need here in Lebanon. Thanks be to God for organizations like CNEWA, Catholic Relief Services, Aid to the Church in Need, and wonderful people like the Good Shepherd Sisters, who in the name of Jesus care for these suffering people. Never underestimate the wonderful zeal, love, and charity of our religious women. Thanks for your support, and for being with us on our journey to Lebanon.

The Maronite Catholic Seminary of Saint Joseph in Lebanon

Do we have a young Church or an old Church? That’s a question we pastors ask a lot. The answer here in Lebanon is a young, vibrant Church, with old, deep roots in a tradition that goes back to Jesus and His apostles. We love the past, we love the present, and we’re oriented towards the future as well, when Jesus will come again and, God willing, we will enjoy eternal life with Him in Heaven.

People of Faith and Charity in Zahlé, Lebanon

Thanks for keeping us company on our journey in Lebanon! We’re now in Zahlé, where we are visiting the Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Zahlé, the Most Reverend Archbishop Issam John Darwich. Faith and Charity. Prayer and Work. It’s all part of the magnificent Melkite tradition here in Lebanon, and part of ours as well!

A Day in Zahlé

It’s been another great day everybody! Thanks for checking in. We started the day at the Melkite Catholic Cathedral, then visited the magnificent School of Saint Rita. From there we went to a soup kitchen and a refugee camp. Once again I leave so grateful for the work that the Church does, and thank you for your support of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, so visible here in Lebanon.

Farewell to Lebanon

Thank you for your interest and your attention. You’ve been good company, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little pilgrimage to Lebanon as much as we have. You know what comes to mind? Good Friday and Easter Sunday. There’s a lot of suffering here, the tears of refugees and the memories of war. But there’s also hope, confidence, joy, and life! God bless Lebanon, God bless America, and God bless the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. See you back home!

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Link to Cardinal’s Blog, where all the above entries and videos can be found: http://cardinaldolan.org/index.php/category/blog/

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