ASIA/LEBANON – Legislative elections: the Maronite bishops demand the conditions for a peaceful process

ASIA/LEBANON – Legislative elections: the Maronite bishops demand the conditions for a peaceful process

Bkerké (Agence Fid Wednesday, May 4 at the Patriarchate of Bkerké, for their monthly meeting, chaired by Patriarch Bechara Boutros Raï.
The bishops of the Maronite Church – reads the 6-point statement issued at the end of the meeting – hope that any potential obstacle to the smooth running of the electoral process will be removed, recognizing that only an expression of the will of the people, free from any form of conditioning and intimidation, will allow the country to change course and avoid the national collapse which seems to threaten the Country of the Cedars. Earlier, in his homily on Sunday May 1, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Harissa, Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï asked for active participation in the elections if they really want to protect their right to self-determination and preserve the future of country of groups fighting for the collapse of Lebanon and to erase its historical identity.
In the statement, the Maronite bishops also deplored the inaction of the national politico-institutional class, which has not implemented the necessary reforms to initiate cooperation between Lebanon and the International Monetary Fund and thus attempt to implement implement the economic recovery plan necessary to save the country. of economic and financial collapse. The Maronite bishops also expressed their condolences to the families of dozens of Syrian migrants who died in the recent tragedy off the coast south of Tripoli, when the boat in which they were trying to leave Lebanon sank. According to the Maronite bishops, all necessary measures must be taken to target gangs that profit from human trafficking, “exploiting the misery and despair of people and putting them at risk of losing their lives.” The Maronite bishops also recall that the Church consecrates the month of May each year to honor the Virgin Mary, and they invite all the baptized “to revive this month through prayer, sobriety and acts of charity, asking to God, through his intercession, to give humanity mercy, joy and peace, as fruits of redemption”. April, had been considered imminent by various parties.The first rumor of an upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Lebanese soil circulated via Twitter from the office of Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday, April 5. “The Lebanese”, underlined the Head of State in a press release issued by the presidential palace, “have waited a long time for this visit to express their gratitude for the attention that His Holiness pays to Lebanon, for the initiatives that he has taken for the country and for the pray es he has offered for his peace and stability. On Tuesday evening April 5, the director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni, replied to a question from some journalists on a possible next trip by the pope to Lebanon that such a possibility “is a hypothesis under study”. The Maronite bishops, at the end of their monthly meeting held on April 6 at the patriarchal see of Bkirké, expressed in the usual final communiqué their “joy at the announcement of the visit of Pope Francis to Lebanon scheduled for next June”. . Pending details of the official program of the Pope’s visit, the bishops of the Maronite Church – as they write in their statement of April 6 – “ask God for his blessing and the fulfillment of all the wishes of the Pope Francis for the good of Lebanon and all Lebanese”. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 5/5/2022)


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