- Jul 4, 2020
Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai called for the country’s leaders to hear the cries of suffering citizens, as poverty overtakes the population, including the middle class.
The Lebanese military on Sunday said overnight riots and sectarian tensions in central Beirut and other areas left dozens of people injured, including 25 soldiers, and warned that the clashes had endangered national unity.
On Thursday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis is sending $200,000 in scholarships to Lebanon, currently in the throws of a massive economic crisis which risks being compounded by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic Church is drawing up a comprehensive social assistance and food aid plan to help needy families as more Lebanese slide into poverty amid the country’s financial collapse.
Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East, in Easter messages from churches barren of the faithful due to the coronavirus, lamented the scourge of the pandemic while evoking the hope of the Resurrection.