Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bchara Boutros al-Rahi, Sunday called on President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, to recalibrate the course of the definite return of refugees to their homeland.
"Lebanese citizens rely on Your Excellency in re-addressing the path of the definite return of the Syrian displaced to their country, away from any political differences that hinder the desired solutions," Rahi said.
The Patriarch's words came as he presided over a Mass service marking Saint Charbel's Day at Annaya's Monastery, which was attended by President Aoun and First Lady, Nadia Aoun, for the first time in three years.
"We know well your good intentions and huge aspirations, and what aids the people in their steadfastness and hopeful endurance is their conviction that you feel their social, economic, security and daily living sufferings and concerns for the future. These fears are increasing in the presence of two million Syrian refugees who snatch their daily bread, causing deprivation and poverty in the Lebanese society," Rahi went on.
"Certain malpractices are restricting the State's ability to revive the economy and to provide social benefits to citizens," Rahi noted.
The Patriarch wished President Aoun a successful and peaceful presidential mandate and all the wisdom to manage the State's affairs. He also raised prayers to the Lord on this special occasion of Saint Charbel's Day to bless this country and enable its leadership to build a true nation and State, and to preserve its mission and existence amidst its surroundings and the international community.
Source: National News Agency