His Beatitude Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai makes historic visit to Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church in Birmingham, AL; impresses with his humility and ability to connect with everyone.
Chorbishop Richard D. Saad and Saint Elias Maronite Church welcomed Patriarch Bechara Cardinal Peter Rai to Birmingham, Alabama, on September 12 and 13, 2014. This was Patriarch Rai’s first visit to Saint Elias since he was chosen as the 77th Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East in March 2011 and the first Patriarch of Lebanon to visit Birmingham in over 26 years. Patriarch Rai held a press conference upon his arrival in Birmingham and proclaimed that ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups were dangerous not just to the Middle East region but to the whole world.
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