- Aug 3, 2020
Although people in the United States are preparing for the annual March for Life in Washington and other cities, no such preparations are underway in Lebanon, where abortion continues to be a taboo issue.
So far Pope Francis and his Vatican team have been strikingly silent, at least in public, on the latest cycle of street protests and violence in Iran. By no means, however, should that suggest they’re not following the situation closely.
Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East — with hope, despite uncertainty in the region — called for peace, security, prayer and solidarity at Christmastime.
ROME— Pope Francis prayed for an end to the “painful poverty caused by war and conflict,” particularly in the Middle East, naming Lebanon in particular, after the political crisis sparked by the sudden resignation of the country’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, on a visit to Saudi Arabia. “Today, I would
Cardinal Bechara el-Rai, the head of Lebanon’s Maronite Church, is expected to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia. Hariri shocked the nation by announcing his resignation from Riyadh, and said on Sunday he’ll return to Lebanon “within days” to resolve issues with the militant group Hezbollah, his rivals in the coalition government.
Alexis Moukarzel is a Lebanese architect. He said the different religious and ethnic communities in Lebanon might have their own agenda, but “most of them want Lebanon to be stabilized. If it was not like that you would have the spread of the Syrian civil war inside Lebanon.”