On Friday, Pope Francis sent a donation of 250,000 Euros (about $300,000) to support the Church during these tragic times Lebanon is faced with.
Not only has Lebanon been suffering its worst economic crisis, but it has also been severely wounded by the massive explosion of Aug. 4th that obliterated the port of Beirut and took with it many lives, homes, and hopes.
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.”