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Two years after the Beirut port explosion, "the situation in Lebanon is catastrophic"


On August 4, 2020, an explosion ripped through the Beirut Port leaving 230 dead and more than 6,000 wounded. Two years later, the wounds of the attack have not yet healed and now Christians are on the run.

FR. GEORGES BREIDI
Lebanese Maronite Missionaries Congregation

I can say that the situation in Lebanon is not ugly; it is catastrophic.

In every Lebanese family today, there are at least two children trying to leave to find a little hope, a bit of life, outside Lebanon.

During his General Audience on the day before the anniversary, Pope Francis prayed for the country and families affected by the tragedy. 

This is not the first time he has remembered Lebanon. The Pope met with Lebanese political leaders and, in 2021, he organized a day of prayer together with 18 religious groups from the country.  

FR. GEORGES BREIDI
Lebanese Maronite Missionaries Congregation
From the first moment of the explosion, what the Holy Father has done for Lebanon, I believe has not been done for any country in the world. The Vatican has always prayed for Lebanon, always talked about Lebanon. Precisely because the Holy Father knows well that Lebanon has a role not only in the Middle East, but it is indeed a holy land.

The loss of the port, the economic engine of the area, and the massive emigration of young people has led to great shortages in Lebanon. A country once known as the Switzerland of the Middle East.

FR. GEORGES BREIDI
Lebanese Maronite Missionaries Congregation
You can't find bread to eat, you can't find milk for the children, you can't find work for the young people. It is a very painful situation.

Father Georges Breidi asks for the same as the Pope, the help of the international community so that this land of plurality and welcome, gateway between East and West, can be reborn.

RM