Vatican City, May 14, 2020 / 06:15 am
Pope Francis has donated $200,000 to support 400 scholarships in Lebanon in an expression of his concern for the country's young people, the Vatican announced Thursday.
The Holy See press office said May 14 that Lebanon was experiencing a "severe crisis" that risked robbing younger generations of hope.
"It is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure that the sons and daughters of the Lebanese people have access to education which, especially in smaller areas, has always been guaranteed by ecclesiastical institutions," it explained.
The press office said the pope had decided to send the donation to the apostolic nunciature in Lebanon "in the hope of achieving a gesture of solidarity."