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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

“At the service of Common Good in a pluralistic context”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

Under the patronage and in the presence of the President of the Lebanese Republic, General Michel Aoun, the Regional Secretariat of Caritas for the Middle East and North Africa (Caritas MONA) launched a 3-day conference (February 27-March 1) in Beirut entitled “At the service of Common Good in a pluralistic context”.The opening ceremony, held at Our Lady of the Mount in Fatka, Lebanon, was attended by the Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Béchara Boutros Raï, Msgr. Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas InternationaIis, a representative of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, and the President of Caritas MONA, Mr. Gabriel Hatti.
The event brought together several ambassadors and representatives of UN agencies in Lebanon, as well as Church organizations, with Caritas executives from more than 30 countries in the region and around the world.The President of the Lebanese Republic enthusiastically welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of Caritas as an agent of social inclusiveness and a trusted bridge among different communities in the region. On behalf of the Caritas global network, Cardinal Tagle said that “Caritas Internationalis confirms its identity and mission as the arm, the heart, the voice, the sign and the instrument of the Church charity service to the poor, the neglected and abused, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.” Caritas MONA’s President Gabriel Hatti affirmed: “This memorable event is an opportunity to create new links between people and institutions dedicated to building a civilization of peace, at the service of all human beings and the Common Good”. For three days, participants reflected on Caritas’ mission and role in the Middle East and North Africa. The main themes were: the analysis of the challenges in the current regional context, the relationship and collaboration between Caritas and charity organizations of other Christian Churches and other religions, and the mission and role of Christians in the region.The programme also included a moment of solidarity with migrants and displaced persons, in the framework of the Caritas global solidarity campaign “Share the Journey”.The national Caritas of the Middle East and North Africa region are: Caritas Algeria, Caritas Cyprus, Caritas Djibouti, Caritas Egypt, Caritas Iran, Caritas Iraq, Caritas Jerusalem, Caritas Jordan, Caritas Lebanon, Caritas Libya, Caritas Morocco, Caritas Mauritania, Caritas Somalia, Caritas Syria, Caritas Tunisia. (Julie Lebnan)

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