26 July, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/25/2011
LEBANON
Patriarch Rahi slams irresponsible politicians for Lebanon’s paralysis
by Paul Dakiki
The country is deadlocked, slipping deeper into economic crisis, as tourism and trade shrink. Politicians fight over positions, whilst more and more people are forced to emigrate. The patriarch tries to mend fences between Christian leaders on opposite sides of the political divide.

Bkerke (AsiaNews) – Lebanese politicians have left the country in a state of paralysis with officials fighting over governmental positions, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Tuesday after his daily meetings at the patriarchal see.

“I regret that politics has brought us to the position we are in today of a governmental, economic, tourism, and trade crisis along with a complete halt to constitutional institutions,” he said.

Lebanon has been deadlocked for the past four months because of Hizbollah’s demand for key ministries as a precondition in participating in a government of national unity.

Hizbollah and some Christian politicians like former General Michel Aoun are part of the “8 March” alliance.

The “14 March” alliance is the main opposition. It demands Hizbollah surrender its weapons to join the government.

Hizbollah is the only group with its own armed wing, ostensibly to free Palestine and fight Israel.

“All of us, Muslim and Christian Lebanese, are looking forward to building a country that we inherited from our grandfathers,” the patriarch said, a country “dubbed as a country with a message” as John Paul II called it, with an important vocation for equality, respect and participation.

Beshara Rahi also wants to reduce tensions among Christian politicians. For this reason, he met on 19 April various Christian leaders from opposite groups: Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel and the head of the Marada Movement Sleiman Franjieh

During the meeting (pictured), described as cordial, the Patriarch focused on the serious problems affecting Lebanon’s Christians, namely emigration, economic crisis, job opportunity in the public sector, and the reduction of large-scale property and land sales to non-Christians.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2 June.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/18/2008 LEBANON
A ray of hope as Moussa gets Hariri and Aoun to meet
11/27/2006 LEBANON
Patriarch Sfeir's pain over Christian divisions
by Paul Dakiki
01/24/2007 LEBANON
Tense calm in Beirut after general strike suspended
by Youssef Hourany
08/26/2013 LEBANON
Bombings in Ruwais and Tripoli are crimes against God, humanity and Lebanon, Maronite Patriarch said
by Paul Dakiki
05/22/2006 LEBANON
Christians at least to agree on Lebanon's independence, sovereignty and freedom, says cardinal

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops The rector of the seminary is the illegitimate bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin: Students refuse to concelebrate with him and reject Msgr. Fang Xingyao, who has participated in several illegal episcopal ordinations. The directors close the year without awarding diplomas and send students home: rumors of some courses being "suspended" in September. The precedent of 2000, when 130 young students chose fidelity to the Pope over compromise with the government.
HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo CervelleraA wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.