NNA - Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi, inaugurated this Friday the first "Bkirki socio-economic conference" upon the invitation of the "World Patriarchal Maronite Foundation for Integral Development", in the presence of a number of bishops and economic and social activists from Lebanon and the countries of expatriation, as well as ranking dignitaries.
This conference aims to link the Christian economic capabilities in Lebanon with those in the countries of expatriation, for the sake of real development and support to a series of vital projects that serve the society.
"We are here for further acquaintance and to strengthen ties between the Lebanese and the Patriarchal See, on the one hand, and Lebanon's sons residing abroad, in general, and the Maronites, in particular, spread across the various countries of expatriation," Rahi said. (...) "This conference, which we want to make an annual event, aims to preserve the vital organic link and the mutual requirements. We are here to think about the future of our youth who graduate in hundreds from Lebanese universities every year, and find no place in their homeland to stimulate their abilities and realize their dreams so they can assume their responsibilities in our society and our homeland."
"The economic, social and living reality is degrading by the day because of the political practice that is disruptive to the State. One-third of our people are under the poverty line, and one-third of our youth and working powers are unemployed. The Church can only redouble its efforts. The Maronite Patriarchal Synod held between 2003 and 2006 devoted two texts to both social and economic affairs," he went on to say.
"Socially, our Church is founded on three pillars: solidarity, social justice and uplifting, and adopts a social policy aimed at securing the basic rights for citizens: the right to build a family, the right to housing, the right to work, the right to health and access to medication and the right to education and culture," the Patriarch maintained, stressing that the Church is working to secure these rights while soliciting the State to provide these rights and shoulder its responsibilities.