Pope urges international solidarity for Lebanon

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Pope Francis waves to faithful as he leaves after the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP)
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Women hold the Lebanese flag as they attends Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St.Peter's square on August 9, 2020 at the Vatican. (AFP)
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Updated 09 August 2020

Pope urges international solidarity for Lebanon

  • The church in Lebanon should stay close to the people in their hour of need, the Pope said

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis urged international solidarity with Lebanon Sunday, in the wake of the explosion that devastated the capital Beirut and as France hosts an international donors conference to aid reconstruction efforts.
He also called on church leaders in Lebanon to lead by example.
“Last Tuesday’s catastrophe calls on all of us, starting with the Lebanese people, to work together for the common good of this beloved country,” he said.
The church in Lebanon should stay close to the people in their hour of need, with “solidarity and compassion,” he said, speaking after weekly prayers in Saint Peter’s Square.
“I also renew my appeal for generous help from the international community.
Pope Francis was speaking as French President Emmanuel Macron hosts a UN-backed virtual conference to drum up aid for Lebanon after the massive Beirut port blast.

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