Cardinal Paul Meoushi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the Orient, died on Saturday (11 january) at the Patriarchal Seat at Bkerki, near Beirut, Lebanon.
Cardinal Paul Meoushi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the Orient, died on Saturday (11 january) at the Patriarchal Seat at Bkerki, near Beirut, Lebanon. He was aged 80 and had been ill for several months.
The Maronites, Roman Catholics following the Syro-Antiochen rite, form the most numerous religious community in the Lebanon and many distinguished Lebanese political figures paid their last respects to the Cardinal at his Lying-in-State at the church of Bkerki. They included the President, Suleiman Franjieh, the Prime Minister Rashid Al-Solh, former President Charles Helou and Minister of Posts and Communications Tony Franjieh.
Cardinal Meoushi was born in Jezzin, south Lebanon, and was educated in Beirut and Rome, graduating in philosophy, theology and canon law.
He spent most of his early life in the United States and in 1917 was ordained a priest in Rome. In 1934 he was appointed vicar of Tyre, south Lebanon, of which he later became Bishop. He was appointed Maronite Patriarch in 1955 and consecrated Cardinal in 1965.
Cardinal Meoushi spoke seven languages and held some of the highest Lebanese and foreign decorations.