Tuesday, 11 August 2020 06:32

Pope Francis urges support for Lebanon

"Last Tuesday’s catastrophe calls everyone, beginning with the Lebanese people, to work together for the common good of this beloved country." 

These were the words Pope Francis said when he appealed to the international community for their support and assistance for Lebanon after the catastrophic explosion in Beirut on August 4. The message was delivered at the Sunday noontime Angelus of August 9.

Addressing the Church in Lebanon, the Supreme Pontiff encouraged them to bring compassion to their people.

"To be close to the people on their Calvary, as she has been doing in these days, with solidarity and compassion, with heart and hands open to sharing," he added.

He also urged the priests, and the religious men and women to be more rooted in evangelical poverty especially when their people have suffered enough in every crisis.

According to Vatican News, the Pope described Lebanon as a country that has its own 'particular identity' which evolved as a model of living together. He, however, acknowledged the country's vulnerability during this difficult time.

He gave an assurance to Lebanon and its people of the whole Church's prayers and solidarity of entrusting them to God. The Pope prays that Lebanon "may be reborn free and strong." (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)


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