Darb Mar Charbel, Lebanon’s First Long-Distance Pilgrimage Route Set To Open in 2026

After completing their pilgrimage to Spain's Santiago de Compostela in 2018, a group of Lebanese decided to put in place Lebanon's first long-distance pilgrimage route, a 130km route crossing 40 villages and covering significant places and villages integral to the life of Lebanon’s patron saint, Mar Charbel. The route will be called Darb Mar Charbel and can be completed in 7 days. It will start from Qozhaya and Beqaa Kafra in the North and will…

Mar Charbel Mosaic To Be Displayed in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican

A mosaic representing Saint Charbel will be put on display in St Peter's Basilica today at 7pm. Saint Charbel is a Lebanese Maronite monk and priest who was beatified in 1965 and venerated as a saint in 1977 Pope Paul VI. His tomb at Saint Maron's Monastery in Annaya is among the most visited religious sites in Lebanon and he has long been known as the "Miracle Monk of Lebanon". Back in 2017, a shrine…

Cypriot Maronite Arabic or Sanna: A Dying Language

10 months ago
An AFP report on the Cypriot Maronite Arabic language, also known as Sanna, caught my attention few years back. Unfortunately, and based on this most recent article, no substantial efforts have been done to save ...

Forced Underage Marriages Are on The Rise in Lebanon

2 years ago
Underage marriage is still a big problem in Lebanon and has unfortunately increased during the pandemic. Back in 2017, UNICEF revealed that for 1 in 25 girls was married before 18 in Lebanon. Despite years ...
Middle East

Civil Marriage Now Allowed in Abu Dhabi

2 years ago
The UAE has issued a new law regulating personal status matters for non-Muslims and applying civil principles in organizing family cases. In other words, non-muslims will be allowed to marry, divorce and get joint child ...

Lebanon Has 2,405 Churches, 1,502 Mosques & 3,315 Schools & Universities

2 years ago
A study by International Information, a Beirut-based research & consultancy firm, revealed that there are 3,907 churches and mosques in Lebanon as well as 3,315 schools and universities. The study also listed the churches/mosques for ...

Visit Our Lady of Lebanon (Harissa) Virtually

2 years ago
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 ...

Make a Virtual Visit To Seven Lebanese Churches This Year

2 years ago
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 ...

Make a Virtual Visit to Seven Churches This Year

3 years 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

4 years 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 ...