Rome Newsroom, Aug 7, 2020 / 07:30 am
Pope Francis has sent a donation of 250,000 euros ($295,488) in aid to the Church in Lebanon to help with recovery efforts after the devastating explosion which occurred in the capital city of Beirut earlier this week.
"This donation is intended as a sign of His Holiness's attention and closeness to the affected population and of his fatherly closeness to people in serious difficulty," a Vatican press release stated Aug. 7.
More than 137 people were killed and thousands injured in a blast near Beirut's port Aug. 4. The explosion caused extensive damage to the city and flattened buildings near the port. Beirut's governor, Marwan Abboud, said around 300,000 people were left temporarily homeless.
Church leaders have warned that the city and nation are on the brink of total collapse, and pleaded with the international community for aid.