Pope Francis Is Coming To Lebanon!

Following a meeting between and Lebanese President , the Pope has announced that he will be visiting . Aoun said:

has a special part in the heart of the Pope. He will meet the invitation to visit the country of the Cedars. The popes have always considered as a role model, and has always looked up to the Holy See with utmost gratitude and appreciation.”

No specific date has been set for when plans to visit . During Thursday’s meeting at , they discussed the good relations between and – emphasizing the historic and institutional role of the Church in the life of and millions of Lebanese Christians. expressed satisfaction for the efforts of the political parties for finally ending the presidential vacancy – which went on for over 2 and a half years. He emphasised the hope for a more fruitful future collaboration between the members of diverse ethnic and religious communities for the common good and development of . The Pope also thanked President Aoun for ’s welcoming of the estimated 1.5-2 million Syrian refugees. They both called for international efforts to find a political solution to end the conflict. In the regional context, they also discussed the ongoing conflicts and the situation of Christians in the Middle East, particularly in , Palestine and Iraq. Regarding , Aoun said it was unified – Christians and Muslims alike – in the fight against terrorism. As per tradition in , the new president’s first official visit to Europe takes place in  and not which was the case with Aoun. This could be due to the fact that the French will have a new president in a couple months.

Source: Vatican Radio

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