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RAHI AT SYNOD OPENING: LEBANON FLOUNDERS IN POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND SECURITY CRISES

The second round of the Synod of the Maronite Church bishops has started this Monday at the Patriarchate seat in Bkirki, headed by Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Rahi and attended by the community's bishops in Lebanon and foreign countries. The Synod is dedicated to church, administrative and parish affairs.

"Together we face concern over the future of Lebanon, which is floundering in political, economic, social and security crises, burdened with two million displaced and refugees whose numbers are increasing annually (...) and who are racing the Lebanese people to earn a living, thus forcing the latter to emigrate," Rahi said at his opening speech.

"In Syria, which is the victim of wars imposed on it, we have three parishes that suffer the consequences of war, destruction, displacement and deprivation of life necessities. In Iraq, where the people fall victims to terrorism, violence and bombing, the number of Christians is diminishing and their effectiveness in their communities is weakened," said the patriarch.

"We do not lose sight of the delicate situation in the Gulf countries, the tragedy of the Palestinian cause, the turmoil in the Holy Land, and the tragedies of our Copts in Egypt. We do not forget to mention in our prayers any country that suffers wars and conflicts," he assured.

Source: National News Agency