Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi on Sunday reiterated his call for political forces to speed up the formation of a new government, lashing out at the degrading political performance in the country.
"The culture of mercy is gradually declining, notably among the politicians as it is shown through their current performance, level of rhetoric and lack of mutual trust," Al-Rahi said in his sermon during a mass he officiated at Our Lady of Ilige monastery in Mayfouk.
"Compassion and mercy are the top two things that a politician needs to have so as to ensure good governance," he stressed.
The Patriarch blasted the politicians' recklessness and indifference towards the alarming $90 billion public debt that is burdening Lebanon, wondering how they can remain idle while economic growth is paralyzed and more Lebanese are plagued by poverty.
"Officials are busy haggling over cabinet posts and an unfounded debate over prerogatives. All of this is happening after 51% of eligible voters did not cast their ballots in the recent parliamentary elections. Today, we can see that they were right to have doubts about whether their vote will actually make a difference," Al-Rahi said.