Amid uncertainty, patriarchs urge Mideast faithful to keep hope
Amid Lebanon’s political and economic strife and uncertainty in the Middle East, Catholic patriarchs urged their faithful to forge ahead in hope at Christmastime.
At least two patriarchs expressed concern about Lebanon’s failure to form a new government since parliamentary elections in May.
In his Christmas message, Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, denounced the stalling and procrastination as a “crime.”
Politicians “do not care about the enormous financial losses suffered by the state and the Lebanese people,” he said in his message from Bkerke, the Maronite Patriarchate north of Beirut.
Their “negative political practices” have created a “suffocating economic and social