The Pope’s donation “is intended as a sign of His Holiness’ attention and closeness to the affected population and of his fatherly closeness to people in serious difficulty,” said the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in a statement.
During the weekly General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis offered a prayer for Beirut in the aftermath of the blast:
“Let us pray for the victims, for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing.”
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