"We are living like in an earthquake. We're facing enormous economic problems, including a failing banking system. Since the protests began, many more people have lost their jobs, and now some are getting only half of their salary. This has a huge impact on families.
"NGOs from around the world have been taking care of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and this is appreciated. Now, with the new situation, will they consider helping the Lebanese people as well?
"Because of the economic crisis, Christians are facing the question of emigration, of looking for a better way of life. There's a risk of losing the young generation: they don't want to stay in Lebanon. There are too many question marks about the country's future.
"The Church in Lebanon is going to face hard times as it has to care for more and more needy people. Church institutions-schools, universities and hospitals-are already experiencing serious difficulties. People cannot afford to pay tuition or medical bills. We don't want to make difficult decisions like closing schools. Historically, Catholic schools in Lebanon have served Muslim and Druze students as well. Like Catholic universities, they are places of coexistence where young people can experience the culture of living together.
"For the first time I see Lebanese from many confessions, many religions, united and trying to put sectarianism aside. It's beautiful. However, Church leaders have urged the demonstrators to carry out all their movements peacefully.
"The Church supports the people who are asking for an end to corruption, to have ministers who are experts in their domains and who would take measures to stop all forms of corruption. We hope a new government will be formed soon.
"Throughout this ordeal, Jesus is with us and He will not leave us. We pray and hope to soon see the light at the end of this dark tunnel."