His beatitude Patriarch Paul meouchi left Lebanon for Europe a month ago. He first visit?
His beatitude Patriarch Paul meouchi left Lebanon for Europe a month ago. He first visit ed the Vatican where he had audience with the Pontiff John. Then he went to France where he paid a formal visit to President De Gaulle in Paris, later went to Spain where he visited General Franco in Madrid. This is the first visit abroad for the Patriarch since his appointment by the late Pope in 1955 as head of the Maronite Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Middle East.
The Patriarch is both, religious and political personality in the Arab World. His backing last year of the Lebanese Revolt helped topple the pro-Western regime of Camille Chamoun. However this doesn't mean the Patriarch is anti-Western -- he is purely nationalist Arab who advocate friendship for both camps, East and West. Positive neutrality is best policy says the Patriarch.