The works of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Maronite Church Synod began on Wednesday at the patriarchal seat of Bkirki, headed by Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi, with the participation of Maronite Bishops in Lebanon and around the world.
In his delivered speech at the opening session, Rahi expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Lebanon and the region which does not signal peace and stability in terms of international policies and regional and local conflicts.
The Prelate considered that political conflicts in Lebanon are turning into a sectarian distortion of the culture of national coexistence and the formula of balanced participation in governance and administration.
"Rulers of the country themselves destroy public institutions and undermine the foundations of a strong state, a state of law and justice," he noted.
Rahi also warned against the so-called 'deal of the century', saying it destroys the identity of Lebanon and the rights of its citizens.
"The 'deal of the century' works to resettle the Palestinians and the Syrian displaced in their host countries with financial incentives to the authorities of these countries," he said.
Finally, Rahi congratulated the Lebanese, in general, and the Muslims, in particular, on the occasion of the Fitr Eid, hoping for further prosperity, stability and safety.
Source: National News Agency