Rome Newsroom, Feb 5, 2022 / 08:20 am
The Vatican’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, concluded a five-day visit to Lebanon on Friday, marking 75 years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See.
The week included meetings with political authorities, Christians, and victims of the Aug. 4, 2020 port explosion.
According to Vatican News, Gallagher, who is secretary for relations with states, told local journalists that Pope Francis still hopes to visit their country, “when conditions permit.”
The Vatican envoy also addressed the Middle Eastern country’s 2019 economic collapse. Lebanon’s state debts, created by the lavish spending of successive governments after the 1975-1990 civil war, have led to a severe financial crisis.