Maronite Patriarch, Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi, on Wednesday inaugurated the Maronite Bishops’ assembly meeting in Bkerki for a spiritual retreat that will continue until next Saturday.
“The spiritual retreat is centered on prayer, meditation, and silence,” Rahi said, adding that the patriarchate carries the concerns of the Lebanese in the face of the stifling economic crisis which results from the country’s chronic political impasse.
Rahi saw that Lebanon’s worst crisis was the explosion that rocked Beirut port and it’s surrounding regions on August 4, “which destroyed half of the capital, especially regions inhabited by Christians, not to mention the pain of the families of the 200 victims, the seven missing, and the 5,000 wounded, not to forget the massive destruction of houses, public and private institutions, churches, schools, archdiocese, and others at the absence of state officials — as if nothing had happened,” he added.
The Patriarch seized the opportunity to thank the countries which rushed and sent aid to those afflicted, as well as the humanitarian institutions and the dioceses in Lebanon and abroad.
“We carry them all in our prayers,” Rahi added.
Source: National News Agency