| 24 February 2024, Saturday |

Patriarch Rahi on the Tripoli tragedy: “It should not be seen as a passing incident”

Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, the Maronite Patriarch, stated that “the last days have proven that the effect of hatred is worse than the effect of political and ideological conflicts, and with love we resolve any issue.”

“What issue or crisis is handled with grudges?” he continued. The issue is that hostility is passed down from leaders to the oblivious masses, sowing animosity and discord and impeding any constitutional and economic remedies.

While presiding over a mass from Harissa to mark the start of the Marian month, he emphasized that “it is shameful that a number of candidates, parties, and currents exchange hatred and insults instead of competing over rescue programs, and what is most shameful is that all of this is taking place while our people sink deeper and deeper into poverty and hunger.”

“It is not permitted for this tragedy to pass as if it were a passing occurrence, or to be lost in auctions, and some individuals want to change its pages, just as they try to turn the page of Beirut Port and the explosion of Al-Talil,” he said.

He also urged the government to “perform an open and unbiased inquiry, to assign duties, and to put an end to concerns and skepticism, particularly as we approach parliamentary elections.”

Concerning the parliamentary elections, the patriarch urged “large voting and the obligation of the Lebanese to use their constitutional right to tell the world which Lebanon they want.”

  • Sawt Beirut International