Rahi from Vatican: We are witnessing deviation towards allegiance to religion, party and leader at expense of homeland

Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi, participated on Friday in the 15th ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, with the theme "Youth, Faith and the distinction of Advocacies."

The General Assembly will conclude its sessions upcoming Sunday, October 28, with a mass presided over by Pope Francis at the St. Peter's Basilica square in the Vatican.

During the last week of the General Assembly meetings, Bishops will discuss the Synod's final document and the draft letter to be addressed to the youth of the world.

On Friday afternoon, bishops will elect the central committee to draft the final text and prepare for the next synod meeting.

In his word at the General Assembly dwelling on eastern churches, Patriarch Rahi called on "the sons of these churches, wherever they may be, to preserve their liturgical, spiritual, theological and organizational heritage and traditions, so that they enrich the communities to which they migrated."

"This requires the existence of pastoral and ecclesiastical structures," Rahi corroborated.

He also dwelt on the situation of Eastern Christians, including Maronite, in multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies, as in Lebanon, and challenges facing them.

"Our youths must be educated on the proper concept of citizenship and social and political commitment," the prelate said, stressing allegiance to the nation should be based on the concept of citizenship.

However, the Patriarch said "we are witnessing nowadays deviation towards allegiance to the religion, sect, confession, party and 'leader' at the account of the nation."

Source: National News Agency