CWN - Most of Lebanon’s people are considering emigration, and 35% are reporting waiting for travel visas, the Patriarch of the Melkite Catholic Church reported as he opened a Synod of Melkite bishops in Beirut.

Patriarch Gregory III Laham said that 60% of all Lebanon’s population is weighing a move out of the country, and Christians account for most of the potential emigrants. Noting that Christians face even more difficult situations in neighboring countries, he asked: “If this is the case for Lebanon, what will happen in countries with less stability?”

The Melkite Patriarch stressed the urgency of finding ways to bring stability and security to the Middle East, enabling Christians to remain there.

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