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Bechara Boutros al-Rahi

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Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi (or Raï, Syriac: ܡܳܪܝ̱ ܒܫܰܐܪܰܗ ܦ̇ܶܛܪܳܘܣ ܪܰܐܥܺܝ Mor Bsharah Peṭros Raʿī, Arabic: مار بشارة بطرس الراعي‎ Mār Bishārah Buṭrus al-Rāʿī ) (born 25 February 1940) is the 77th Syriac Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, a position he has held since 15 March 2011, succeeding Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir. Bechara Boutros al-Rahi was born in Himlaya, Matn District, Lebanon on 25 February 1940. He attended Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour, a Jesuit school in Lebanon. He entered the Mariamite Maronite Order on 31 July 1962 and was ordained as a priest on 3 September 1967. From 1967 to 1975 he has been responsible for the Arabic transmissions of Vatican Radio. In 1975 he was awarded a Phd in canon and civil law. He also studied for three years at the Lateran University in Rome. He was consecrated as auxiliary bishop of Antioch on 12 July 1986, by Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir and on 9 June 1990, he was appointed bishop of Byblos. In 2003 he was elected Secretary of the Maronite Synod, and in 2009 he was appointed President of the Lebanese Episcopal Commission for the Media. At 71, he was elected Patriarch of the Maronites on 15 March 2011, after  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1940-02-25
Place of birth
Matn District

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