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Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Aug. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis calls for 'justice and truth' ahead of Beirut blast anniversary

Aug 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon will mark the anniversary of the Beirut port explosion with a National Day of Mourning. Read more

The beatification of Father Leonard Melki and Father Thomas Saleh in Jal el Dib, Lebanon, on June 4, 2022.

Catholic priests martyred under Ottoman Empire beatified in Lebanon

Jun 6, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Father Leonard Melki and Father Thomas Saleh were martyred in 1915 and 1917 respectively. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022.

Pope Francis’ Lebanon trip ‘delayed for health reasons’

May 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Lebanon’s tourism minister announced the postponement, citing ‘health reasons.’ Read more

Pope Francis with the flag of Lebanon at a general audience at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2020.

Pope Francis to visit Lebanon in June, says President Aoun

Apr 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun announced the papal trip on Twitter. Read more

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 21, 2022.

Pope Francis meets Lebanon’s president at the Vatican

Mar 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope reportedly said he wanted to visit the Middle Eastern country soon. Read more

Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, Lebanon.

American, European bishops urge support for Lebanon

Mar 1, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A group of American and European bishops released a statement on Tuesday, March 1 calling for increased protections for the... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, head of the Maronite Church. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Cardinal: Lebanon’s political crisis poses challenge for papal trip

Mar 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘We need stability,’ said Cardinal Rai. Read more

St. George Maronite cathedral beside the Mohammad Al-Amin mosque in Beirut, the Lebanese capital.

Vatican foreign minister visits Lebanon, still suffering from financial and political crises

Feb 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The five-day visit marked 75 years of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Lebanon. Read more

Majed, a Syrian refugee living in Zahlé, Lebanon.

Here’s what a young Syrian refugee is hoping for this Christmas

Dec 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘I have become a refugee, just like the Child Jesus,’ says Majed. Read more

Pope Francis met Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Nov. 25.

Pope Francis tells new Lebanese PM: Lebanon is worth fighting to save

Nov 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Najib Mikati gave the pope a brick from a church damaged in the Beirut port explosion. Read more

Mass is celebrated in Baalbek, Lebanon.

Catholic charity announces $5.6M to help Lebanon and Syria’s Christians

Nov 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The funds will help to support young newlyweds. Read more

Bishop Artur Miziński and Archbishop Georges Bacouni at a press conference in Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 10, 2021.

Poland’s Catholic Church to hold day of solidarity with Lebanon

Nov 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

Lebanon’s real GDP contracted by more than 20% in 2020. Read more

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'One million children praying the rosary': Kids join rosary initiative inspired by St. Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign. Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Maronite Catholic patriarch welcomes Lebanon’s new government

Sep 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The move paves the way for a potential papal visit. Read more

Bechara Boutros Cardinal Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Maronite patriarch threatened by Hezbollah supporters after calling for Lebanese neutrality in region

Aug 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The leader of the Maronite Catholic Church received threats from Hezbollah supporters this week after calling for an end to... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the flag of Lebanon at his general audience on Sept. 2, 2020.

Vatican official to international donors: Give Lebanon a chance for a ‘better future’

Aug 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

Lebanon is suffering one of the world’s worst financial crises in the past 150 years. Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, head of the Maronite Church. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Maronite patriarch asks St. Charbel’s intercession to save Lebanon from ‘total collapse’

Jul 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai said politicians had failed in their “most basic duties.” Read more

Christian refugees iving in an abandoned mall in Lebanon.

Christian refugees in Lebanon live in abandoned mall amid economic crisis

Jul 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

An NGO has documented the harsh living conditions. Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a day of reflection and prayer for Lebanon, July 1, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘Stop using Lebanon and the Middle East for outside interests and profits’

Jul 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope hosted a day of prayer for Lebanon at the Vatican. Read more

Pope Francis with the flag of Lebanon at a general audience at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2020.

Vatican ‘deeply concerned’ about the potential collapse of Lebanon

Jun 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paul Gallagher said the pope could visit the country at “the beginning of next year.” Read more