|St. Raymond Cathedral, St. Louis, MO|
Abdallah Elias Zaidan
David Uebbing, author of an article carried on catholicnewsagency.com enttitled, “Pope gives American Maronites youthful bishop,” reports that Bishop-elect Zaidan will take the reigns of one of only two Maronite eparchies in the United States because at 76, Shaheen has passed the obligatory resignation age of 75 and his resignation has been accepted.
The Maronite Catholic Church traces its roots to the early Christians of Antioch, the first believers to be called Christian. In fact, the Church still uses Syriac in its liturgy, a dialect of Aramaic, the same language Jesus spoke.
The Church takes its name from the fourth century hermit St. Maron, whose way of life inspired many monks and laity to follow him, eventually resulting in the distinctive Maronite Rite.
|Cathedral of Our Lady of Lebanon, Brooklyn, NY|