Prayers are being held around the world for the former spiritual leader to Lebanon’s largest Christian body who passed away at 3am Sunday morning.
Born in 1920, Sfeir became the head of the Maronite Church in Lebanon and the Levant Region in 1986, serving until 2011 as the 76th “Patriarch of Antioch and the Whole Levant” in communion with the Vatican. Since his resignation in 2011, he carried the honorable title of Patriarch Emeritus of the Maronite Church.
Patriarch Sfeir was a highly influential national personality during his 25 years of service as the spiritual leader to Lebanon’s largest Christian body, counting over 1 million, and the Maronites in the world that are estimated at 3 million.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, 16th of May.