In greetings following the recitation of the Marian Prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis remembered Lebanon and its people. The Pope told the faithful in St Peter’s Square that on 1 July he will be meeting, in the Vatican, with the principal leaders of the Christian Communities present in Lebanon, “for a day of reflection on the worrying situation in the country and to pray together for the gift of peace and stability.”

“I entrust this intention to the intercession of the Mother of God, so venerated at the Shrine of Harissa, and from this moment I ask you to accompany the preparation of this event with prayer in solidarity, invoking for that beloved country a more serene future,” he said.

Earlier this week, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) appealed to the European Union to support the people of Lebanon who are facing a political and economic crisis.

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