Visit from His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East
The Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Rai, assisted by General Patriarchal Vicar Bishop Hanna Alwan and Maronite Bishop of Beirut Paul Abdel Sater, along with a group of priests, presided over the Divine Liturgy held in the lecture hall of Hotel Dieu de France hospital on the occasion of the 32nd World Day of the Sick and the beginning of the Great Lent. The ceremony was attended by Saint Joseph University Rector Professor Salim Daccache, and the director of Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Dr. Nassib Nasr, as well as the former ambassador and president of the Maronite League, Dr. Khalil Karam, and members of the League, along with a number of nuns, monks, doctors, spiritual figures, academics, and social figures, in addition to the administrative, medical, and nursing staff.
After the sacred Gospel reading, the Patriarch spoke about the Lord's mercy towards the sick and those afflicted with various diseases and ailments. He affirmed that this message remains relevant today, here at Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, where they are celebrating the World Day of the Sick. The Patriarch extended special greetings to the hospital president and concerned entities, expressing his profound gratitude to them for their invaluable contribution in providing essential care.
The Patriarch also spoke during his address about the rich history of Hotel Dieu Hospital, which was established in 1923 through continuous efforts. The hospital has grown and evolved to encompass five other hospitals. As an eyewitness and former patient of this hospital, the Patriarch expressed his deep gratitude to the medical and nursing team for the excellent care they have provided. He added, "It is a distinguished hospital, with an exceptional medical team that cares for its patients by providing comprehensive care. This hospital plays a vital role in the community, especially in light of the economic and financial crisis facing Lebanon."
The Patriarch continued, "On World Day of the Sick, we hope that the officials in Lebanon realize that this day is not just an occasion for prayer and celebrating the Divine Liturgy, and anointing the sick with holy oil. It is also a day that should remind them of their responsibilities towards the patients, healthcare institutions, and care centers. Officials should not ignore their commitments, such as supporting medication supplies, settling outstanding debts to healthcare institutions, and improving the management of the National Social Security Fund. The country must address its deadly crises seriously by electing a President of the Republic and resolving the political, economic, social, and trade crises. Violations of the constitution must cease, and the interests of the state should take precedence over individual, sectarian, political, or party interests. Officials should initiate the election of the head of state to organize all institutions. If this is not done, we appeal to their national conscience to compel them to act in accordance with the constitution and elect a President of the Republic. They must remember that conscience is the inner voice of God within every person, urging them to make wise decisions and avoid mistakes.”
The Patriarch concluded, "Our prayers to God are that He may stir/ awaken these consciences, pleasing His will and serving the common good/ seeking to fulfill His will and serving the greater good. »
At the conclusion of the Mass, Professor Salim Daccache, s.j., the Rector of Saint Joseph University, warmly welcomed the Patriarch, seeking his blessings on "this blessed day, the Sunday of the Great Lent’s beginning and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the patroness of the sick. We pray for the health and healing of the patients and extend our wishes, Your Beatitude, for continued health and vitality in your service to the Church and our beloved nation, Lebanon. We also express our gratitude to Archbishops Saint Jean and Saint Paul, the priests, and the choir for their participation in this divine liturgy."
Under the high patr
Under the high patronage of the Ministry of Public Health, and in the presence of Dr. Firass el Abiad, the Obstetrics and Reproduction Department chaired by Department Head Prof Georges Abi Tayeh organized its first Obstetrics and Infertility Day at Hôtel-Dieu de France, "Joie de l'HDF". The event was graced by the presence of healthcare professionals and experts from Lebanon and abroad who shared their knowledge on up-to-date and interesting topics such as early detection, prevention of pre-eclampsia, analysis of maternal mortality, pregnancies after caesarean section, fetal malformations, congenital heart problems, pre-birth management, and more.
A large number of guests and administrative, medical and nursing staff took part in this enriching day.
We look forward to meeting again next year for this special occasion!
On the occasion of the World AIDS Day, celebrated every year on December 1st, the Department of Infectious Diseases organized an awareness campaign within our hospital. This initiative was led by dedicated healthcare professionals.
As part of this campaign, a questionnaire was distributed to the public to measure their self-assessment of their involvement in addressing this global public health issue. This allowed us to gather valuable information about awareness and engagement within our community.
Our visitors also had the opportunity to learn more about this virus. Experts were present to answer their questions and provide essential information on HIV prevention, screening, and treatment.
Furthermore, we provided free rapid HIV screening tests to the public. This endeavor aimed to encourage everyone to take care of their health and promote the fight against AIDS.
Together, united against AIDS, we are committed to continuing our efforts in awareness and prevention to combat this disease and support those affected by it.
As part of the activities of Cell O7, Hôtel-Dieu de France opened its doors on Saturday, November 25th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, offering a dedicated day to the health and well-being of men and women aged 40 and above.
Screenings for prostate, breast, colon, and skin cancer were provided, giving participants a valuable opportunity to detect any potential issues and take appropriate preventive measures. In total, over 400 free tests were offered, highlighting Hôtel-Dieu de France's commitment to disease prevention and early management.
In addition to medical consultations, the O7 day was enriched with a variety of activities and awareness campaigns. Renowned experts shared their knowledge and answered questions from the public, contributing to increased understanding of important health issues.
The efforts made during the O7 day at Hôtel-Dieu de France reflect the institution's ongoing commitment to the health of the population. Hôtel-Dieu de France will continue to promote similar initiatives in the future, thereby encouraging prevention, awareness, and community well-being.