ATCHANE, Lebanon — On Thursday, His Holiness Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the Syriac Orthodox bishops in Lebanon at the new Patriarchal Residence in Atchane, Lebanon to discuss the role the Church should play in assisting Christians during the ongoing health and economic crisis in the region.
The meeting was attended by Bishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli Archbishop Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahle and Bekaa Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Archbishop of Beirut Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, and Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Charitable Institutions of Atchaneh Mor Chrysostomos Michael Shamoun.
During the meeting, the Patriarch discussed the recent activities of the parishes in Lebanon, stressing the need to implement precautionary measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to adhering to public safety measures.
The meeting also touched on the ongoing economic crisis that Syria and Lebanon have been passing through which has deteriorated living conditions of residents of both countries.
The need for the Church to provide necessary assistance to Christians to ease their burden, especially for needy families, was emphasized by the participants of the meeting.