With picture of Father Jad Chlouk, parish priest at St. George's Maronite Cathedral in Beirut (Image © Aid to the Church in Need)
A priest grappling with Lebanon’s crisis appealed for action to safeguard the future of the country’s ancient Christian community in the week that Pope Francis held a historic meeting with Church leaders.

Father Jad Chlouk told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) – which has increasingly highlighted growing problems for Lebanon’s faithful – that the need for international support is now more urgent than ever.

His comments come amid growing concerns about the migration of Christians, the disproportionate impact on the community of last August’s Beirut explosion, the country’s economic crisis and fears for the survival of Catholic institutes.
The priest from the Maronite Archdiocese of Beirut said: “Christians are experiencing tough times, doubt, and confusion after the pandemic, the economic crisis, and on top of all these, the explosion.”

Regina Lynch, director of projects at ACN, described the extent of the crisis facing the Christian community.

She said: “The Catholic schools are in danger of closing. The Catholic institutes like hospitals and clinics are struggling to survive, even to find the funds they need to buy important medicines and important medical equipment.

“So it’s really five minutes to zero hour now at the moment in Lebanon.”

Financial problems have led to an estimated 55 percent of the population living below the poverty line.

On Saturday (26th June) the Lebanese Pound plunged to a record low of ل.ل.,17,000 to US$1 – having lost 90 percent of its value since 2019.

The meeting, held in Rome yesterday (Thursday), involving the Pope and Lebanon’s Christian leaders, was described by the pontiff as “a day to reflect on the worrying situation in the country, and to pray together for the gift of peace and stability”.

ACN has provided vital aid to Lebanese Christians following 2020’s dockside blast, including emergency aid and repairs for church buildings in Beirut’s Christian quarter.

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