14 December 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  •    - Bahrain
  •    - Iran
  •    - Iraq
  •    - Israel
  •    - Jordan
  •    - Kuwait
  •    - Lebanon
  •    - Oman
  •    - Palestine
  •    - Qatar
  •    - Saudi Arabia
  •    - Syria
  •    - Turkey
  •    - United Arab Emirates
  •    - Yemen
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 11/02/2012, 00.00

    LEBANON

    Maronite patriarch slams corruption and search for political power



    The newly elevated cardinal said the "Church condemns all political" action "that is solely limited to achieving personal gains," warning against corruption in government and public life. Noting that political action is a "moral duty" that is incompatible with corruption and despotism, he praises the president who called for dialogue among the parties.

    Beirut (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi has come out swinging at corruption, which is becoming all-pervasive in government and public life.

    The patriarch, who has just been made a cardinal and who will formally receive his biretta at the next consistory on 24 November, did not mince words when he slammed those who seek power for personal gains.

    This morning, Mgr al-Rahi left no doubts as to where he stood, as he spoke at the start of a seminar in Bkerke, the Lebanese town that is the home to the Patriarchate of Antioch of the Maronites.  

    The 14 March alliance, which is close to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, has called for the resignation of the Hizbollah-dominated 8 March coalition government, after a car bomb killed Internal Security Forces intelligence chief Wissam Hassan on 19 October. Following the attack, the alliance decided to boycott all government activities, including parliamentary sessions.

    "The Church condemns all political" action "that is solely limited to achieving personal gains at the expense of the public interest and that aims at obstructing state institutions ... in search for power," the patriarch said in his statement.

    Political action is a "moral duty" that is "incompatible with corruption, despotism and dependence on money or abroad."

    Yesterday, the prelate met Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, praising the latter's call for serious dialogue among the parties for the greater good of the country.

    For the patriarch, only dialogue can provide an opportunity for a "transition to a better political and economic period".

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    20/11/2017 10:10:00 LEBANON - FRANCE
    Hariri announces impromptu visit to Cairo and renews his promise of a return to Lebanon

    In the next few hours, the former Lebanese premier should leave Paris for Cairo. A meeting with Egyptian President al-Sisi is scheduled. His return to Lebanon scheduled for November 22, for independence celebrations. After speaking with Aoun, he should clarify the future.



    30/04/2016 09:39:00 LEBANON - EU
    Patriarch Rai’s wake up call to EU: We need solutions to Middle East conflicts

    Speaking to the European parliament, the head of the Maronite Church warns that the conflicts in the region not just directly impacting Christians, but also the Mediterranean and the EU itself. Islamic extremism is wiping out centuries of dialogue and is a threat to world peace. Enshrine Lebanon’s neutrality and encourage Muslim nations to separate religion from the state.

     



    13/06/2016 12:07:00 LEBANON
    Lebanon and the Middle East "consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for peace in the region"

    For the third consecutive year, the Maronite patriarch renews devotion to Our Lady. The rite was celebrated in the Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa. Card. Bechara Rai speaks of the evil that comes in the form of conflicts, wars, death, displacement, arms, fanaticism and terrorism. The consecration linked to a movement of "prayer and penance".



    16/11/2017 11:23:00 LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA
    Saudi media on Card Raï’s visit.: Fraternity and peace in the shadow of the Hariri affair

    The first visit by a Christian leader to the ultra-conservative kingdom echoed in the local media. Some published a photo that clearly shows the cross, which is usually forbidden to show in public. The commentators insist on fraternal relations between the two countries and the role of religions in the perspective of peace and extremism. But the knot of the "kidnapping" and resignation of the Lebanese premier remains.



    13/11/2017 10:00:00 LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA
    Card. Raï in Riyadh: Christian-Islamic Dialogue and Hariri’s Resignation

    The Maronite Patriarch is in the Saudi capital today, the first visit by a Christian leader to the ultraconservative kingdom. He will meet King Salman, the hereditary prince and the outgoing Lebanese premier. Yesterday Hariri said he was "free" and ready to return to Lebanon "soon". Beirut marathon turns into anti-Saudi protest.





    Editor's choices

    MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
    Mideast Christians against Trump over Jerusalem capital, a decision that destroys hope for peace



    The Chaldean patriarchate criticises a choice that complicates the situation and fuels conflicts and wars. Card al-Rahi calls the decision “destructive” and a violation of international resolutions. Coptic pope Tawadros II cancels a meeting with US Vice President Pence. Somewhat resigned, Palestinians continue their protest. For Israeli peace group, the US has abdicated its role of mediator in the region.


    CHINA
    Xi Jinping’s false promises and the expulsion of the “low-end population” from Beijing

    Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    Tens of thousands of migrants and their families have been expelled and sent away from the capital. Yet, at the recent Party Congress, President Xi had promised to provide support and help against poverty. There is no reward nor legal or charity for displaced persons. The country’s "social Darwinism" condemns the rural people to marginalisation and allows urban classes to enjoy privileges and advantages. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®