Loading
Lebanese president discusses Syria refugees with Pope
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Pope Francis and Lebanese president Michel Sleiman met to discuss the Syrian fighting and the influx of refugees it has sent into his country.

According to Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican press office director, the meeting focused on “the regional situation, with special reference to the Syrian conflict.”

“The Pope is concerned with the large number of Syrian refugees who have sought refuge in Lebanon and neighboring countries,” he said.

The Lebanese president appealed for aid for the countries absorbing the flood of refugees as well as for the people themselves, according to a May 3 statement from the Vatican Secretariat of State.

President Sleiman, a Maronite Catholic, was accompanied by his wife for the May 3 meeting in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

“During the cordial talks they discussed the situation in the country, stressing the importance of dialogue and cooperation between members of different ethnic and religious communities,” said the May 3 statement.

President Sleiman also met with the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.

Lebanon’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for June 9, after the country’s prime minister resigned on March 22, 2013.

“Best wishes were given for the formation of the new government, which will face major challenges to national and international level,” said the Vatican’s press release.

The Syrian conflict has led to growing tensions in Lebanon, which suffered a civil war from 1975 to 1990.

Syrian troops then dominated the small country and ultimately pulled out in 2005 after they were accused of being involved in the assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.

“A speedy and successful resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians is also hoped for, which are more and more necessary for the peace and stability of the region,” said the Vatican statement.

“The delicate situation of Christians throughout the Middle East was not overlooked as well as the meaningful contribution that they can offer,” it added.

The post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Ecclesia in Medio Oriente,” an important point of reference for Middle Eastern Catholic communities, was also mentioned.

Tags: Church in Middle East, Pope Francis

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
Sep
15

Liturgical Calendar

September 15, 2014

Our Lady of Sorrows

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 19:25-27

Gospel
Date
09/15/14
09/14/14
09/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33
Gospel:: Jn 19:25-27

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
09/15/14

Homily of the Day

Jn 19:25-27

Homily
Date
09/15/14
09/14/14
09/13/14