Venerable Servant of God Estephan Douaihy


The Press Office of the Holy See published, today, 3rd July 2008, the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI had this day received in audience, Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and that he ordered the Congregation to promulgate a decree that Patriarch Estephan Douaihy be declared Venerable.

The official announcement in Italian said:


Oggi, 3 luglio 2008, il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha ricevuto in Udienza privata Sua Eminenza il Sig. Card. José Saraiva Martins, Prefetto della Congregazione delle Cause dei Santi. Nel corso dell’Udienza il Santo Padre ha autorizzato la Congregazione a promulgare i Decreti riguardanti:

- le virtù eroiche del Servo di Dio STEFANO DOUAYHY, Patriarca di Antiochia dei Maroniti; nato ad Ehden (Libano) il 2 agosto 1630 e morto a Qannoubine (Libano) il 3 maggio 1704

It appears that the correct style in referring to the Patriarch is now either Venerable Servant of God Estephan Douaihy or Venerable Estephan Douaihy.

This evening Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Cardinal Sfeir will be holding Mass at the Patriarchal Palace at Bkirki. The Patriarch Estephan Douaihy Foundation will be be attending the service.

On the local level the Parish of Ehden Zgharta will hold a special Mass on Sunday, 6th July 2008 at Saint George's Church, Ehden, at 11.30 a.m.

To read the letter from Fr. Paul Azi of the Lebanese Maronite Order, Rome to Patriarch Sfeir informing him of the Pope's decision click here.