ASIA/LEBANON - Coronavirus, Lebanese churches offer residences and buildings for those infected and under quarantine

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 middle east   oriental churches   coronavirus   healthcare   charity  

Photo Pascale Rizk

Beirut (Agenzia Fides) - The Maronite diocese of Byblos started, where bishop Michel Aoun made a summer residence belonging to the eparchy available to coronavirus patients forced to isolate themselves. Then, yesterday evening, Father Fadi Tabet, of the order of the Lebanese Missionaries "Kreimisti", recently appointed head of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, announced that he would make the Betania Harissa Hotel available to the Lebanese health authorities, a welcoming hotel residence usually reserved for pilgrims, so that people infected with Coronavirus can be hosted there and must be treated under quarantine.
The Coronavirus epidemic has hit Lebanon in the midst of an economic and political crisis. Also for this reason the spontaneous signs of resilience, generosity and solidarity that emerge throughout Lebanese society are even more eloquent.
Among the Christian communities, the vicissitudes of those affected by the virus multiply. In the Jesuit community, as many as 11 fathers resulted positive to Covid-19 tests. All the fathers of the community live isolated, each in their own room, in the Jesuit house of Monot, and have started a time of spiritual retreat marked every evening by moments of prayer and biblical reflection also spread outside the community, for anyone who wants to share from their own home this particular form of spiritual exercise. (PR/GV) (Agenzia Fides, 18/3/2020)