Cardinal Parolin: "Lebanon is not alone and we stand with you"

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Cardinal Parolin: "Lebanon is not alone and we stand with you"

By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org

In his General Audience on Wednesday, September 3, His Holiness Pope Francis stressed his and the Church’s solidarity with this troubled nation, Lebanon. The Pope's unwavering support for and solidarity with Lebanon is expressed in the decision to send Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Lebanon which is a clear demonstration of closeness and solidarity with the Lebanese people.

The arrival of Cardinal Pietro Parolin in Lebanon on Wednesday, September 3, in an expression of the Vatican's sympathy with the suffering people of Beirut who are going through difficult circumstances represented in failing economy and unemployment which culminated in the massive Beirut explosion.

During his meeting with Christian and Muslim clergymen n Friday September 4, Cardinal Parolin said, "Lebanon is not alone, and we silently stand with you in an expression of our love and solidarity. Lebanon should not be left alone, for as Lebanon needs the world so does the world need Lebanon's unique experience in solidarity and freedom. We will together rebuild Beirut."

Cardinal Parolin celebrated Holy Mass on Friday, September 4 at the square of Our Lady of Lebanon grotto praying for the victims of the massive Beirut explosion. In his homily, he said, "I would like to invite everyone to dedicate a day of prayer and fasting for Lebanon, namely Friday September 4. It is a pleasure to be with you today on the blessed land of Lebanon, to express to you the closeness of the Holy Father to you, and his solidarity with you, and I also reiterate his expression of the closeness and solidarity of the whole Church. "

He continued: "Lebanon has suffered a lot and this year has been the scene of several tragedies, namely the severe economic, social and political crisis that continues to plague the country, the Corona epidemic crisis that made matters worse, and finally the catastrophic explosion in Beirut Port that destroyed the capital of Lebanon and generated enormous tragedies."

He continued, "The Lebanese are definitely living in a state of frustration as they are burdened and exhausted, yet they are not alone. We have all been with them spiritually, morally and financially, for a year and especially since last month. His Holiness Pope Francis mentioned Lebanon several times and expressed his closeness with Lebanon."

Cardinal Parolin's visit to Lebanon during the current severe conditions it is going through is quite reassuring that Lebanon will definitely find its way out of current debacle. The Vatican's open-ended support for Lebanon will be the starting point for extricating Lebanon from its current imbroglio and correcting all the mistakes that led to this terrible situation.

Lebanon has always been the charm of the East as well as a rich source of culture and civilization. With the support of the Vatican and the backing of international community Lebanon will restore its status quo as a country of civilization, peace, and harmony.

May the Lord Jesus bless Lebanon.

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 11:58
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