Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Mar 1, 2022 / 16:00 pm
A group of American and European bishops released a statement on Tuesday, March 1 calling for increased protections for the people of Lebanon.
“Lebanon, the Message of Peace and Fraternity, is in Great Danger,” was signed by eight bishops representing six countries. Bishop David Malloy of Rockford, who leads the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, represented the United States as a signatory.
“Lebanon has long been an example of coexistence between Christians and Muslims,” said the statement,” adding that Pope Francis referred to the country as “a universal message of peace and fraternity arising from the Middle East.”
“For many of its people, this current time is marked by pain, poverty, and despair. However, there remains hope for change, to protect the unique character of their country,” said the bishops.