Joined by 10 senior leaders of Lebanon’s various Christian Churches and communities, Pope Francis prayed for the Lebanese people’s relief from the dire situation enveloping their country, in a move that aims at reviving hope for the collapsing nation.
Apart from the prayers, the attendees had several closed-door meetings with the Pope, who concluded the day with an ecumenical prayer service and a speech. The closed-door talks discussed Lebanon’s crisis and potential solutions for it.
“Lebanon cannot be left prey to the course of events or those who pursue their own unscrupulous interests,” the Pope said during the event.
“It is a small yet great country, but even more, it is a universal message of peace and fraternity arising from the Middle East,” he added.
During the conclusive ecumenical speech, the Pope called upon Lebanon’s political leaders to find solutions, urging the international community to help.
Pope Francis had recently expressed interest in visiting Lebanon but not before a government is formed.