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The Maronite Patriarch calls on the United Nations to intervene to extricate Lebanon from collapse


The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, called on the United Nations to intervene to extricate Lebanon from collapse and bankruptcy, appealing to the World Health Organization to put its hand on the health situation in Lebanon and respond to its needs of medicine and medical materials.


Al-Rahi added - in his speech during Sunday mass, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon - that the Lebanese people appreciate the friendly countries to help the army, which is the safety valve for Lebanon, especially in difficult times, calling on countries to pay attention to the people also to remain steadfast alongside their army.


The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, denounced what he described as an attempt by officials to save themselves and their interests, not to save the country, despite the difficult circumstances that Lebanon is going through, despite the poverty, hunger, unemployment and immigration some people suffer from. He added that the Lebanese political parties are dealing


As if politics is the regulation of agreement and disagreement among them, not organizing the life of society, managing citizens’ affairs, preserving constitutional institutions, providing security, stability, education, guarantees, pride and dignity - as stated in his sermon, stressing that the people can no longer tolerate what the shepherd described as humiliation, oppression and torment. Not in front of banks, gas stations and bakeries, pharmacies and hospitals, and travel companies.


He went on to say that the Lebanese people can no longer tolerate the crime of bombing Beirut port, ten months have passed since its occurrence.

He explained that the past days have seen a glimmer of hope in the banks' response to the Central Bank of Lebanon's decision to start paying a small amount of depositors' money gradually.


In his speech, Al-Rahi questioned the reasons he described as flimsy for not forming the government, denouncing any talk about the intention not to hold parliamentary elections next May, and then presidential elections in October 2022.


He added that the Lebanese people will not allow the change of Lebanon's democratic system, nor the distortion of the civilized life of the Lebanese or the involvement of the country in the conflicts of the region, reiterating the call to hold an international conference on Lebanon under the auspices of the United Nations.

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