The Patriarch of Antioch is, for the first time, actually in Antioch. Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai is the first Patriarch to visit the “Patriarchate Kingdom” since its founder, Youhana Maroun.
Rai is the “Patriarch of Antioch and All the East,” and the head of Bkirki in every sense of the word. He does not renege on the Patriarchate’s dogma, having been quoted as saying: “The church goes to its sons, especially those who have become Christians at the hand of Saint Peter.”
It is well known that Antioch, which is located in what is now southern Turkey, is of great importance for Eastern Chri