Visit Our Lady of Lebanon (Harissa) Virtually

The month of May is a time of honor and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary for Catholics around the world. In Lebanon, the most visited shrine is Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa whereas Lebanese from all sects go by car or even walk up the hill. This year, and given that COVID cases are still raging in Lebanon, someone set up a virtual website that allows you to visit the shrine. You can…

Make a Virtual Visit To Seven Lebanese Churches This Year

Last year, I shared a blogpost on churches you can visit virtually around the world for the The Seven Churches Visitation tradition. This year, XYZ Lebanon setup a website to give all Lebanese Christians the opportunity to visit seven churches, while staying safe at home, through the most immersive experience. During the visit, you will follow the seven milestones that Jesus went through during his Passion on his way to the cross. These stations include…

Make a Virtual Visit to Seven Churches This Year

1 year ago
Since the Seven Churches visitation is not possible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are seven churches from around the world that you can virtually visit online: 1- St. Peter’s Basilica [Virtual Tour] ...

Beirut Maronite Archbishop Set to Help Poor Families Enroll in Schools

1 year ago
New Beirut Maronite Archbishop Boulos AbdelSater, who replaced Boulos Matar back in June, is taking several measures to try help needy families and members of his church. First rumors spread that he sold some of ...

11,000 Candles Light Up Bkaakafra on St. Charbel’s Feast Day

1 year ago
Lebanon’s most beloved saint, Mar Charbel is celebrated on the third Sunday of July. On this occasion, over 10,000 candles were lit up in Mar Charbel’s town of Bkaakafra. I found few pictures shared by ...

Patriarch Elias Hoayek Declared Venerable by Pope Francis

1 year ago
Elias Boutros Howayek, the 72nd Patriarch of Antioch for the Maronites, and widely considered as the founder of modern Lebanon, was declared venerable yesterday by Pope Francis. Howayek was elected Patriarch of Antioch from 1899 ...

BBC Charts: Lebanese Still as Religious in 2019 as They Were in 2013

1 year ago
BBC displayed the findings of the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa on religion in seven different charts, and the outcome was that Arabs are increasingly saying they ...

Alex Goldberg: First Rabbi to Visit Tripoli in 40 Years

2 years ago
The Grand Mufti of Tripoli had an unusual visitor this week, London Rabbi Alex Goldberg. Rabbi Goldberg is the first rabbi to travel to the city since 1970s but not the first to visit Lebanon. ...

Ottawa Names Street After St. Charbel

2 years ago
During Patriach Rai’s visit to Canada, he visited Ottawa where one of the largest Lebanese communities live, and celebrated the renaming of a section of Donald Street in Ottawa to St. Charbel Way4 (Mar Charbel). ...

Why Jewish Voters are Labeled as “Israelites” on Electoral Lists

3 years ago
If you go to and look up your ID in Beirut for example, you will notice in the drop-down list of sects the term “إسرائيلي”, which does not refer to Israelis but to Israelites, ...