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

Lebanese cardinal urges leaders to help country avoid ‘total collapse’

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch has said that the country could be facing “the risk of total collapse” amid a deepening economic and... Read more

Pope Francis holds the flag of Lebanon and prays during his general audience on Sept. 2, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis pens Christmas letter to 'beloved people of Lebanon'

Pope Francis has written a Christmas letter to the people of Lebanon encouraging them to trust in God during times... Read more

Reconstruction of blast-damaged Beirut church brings hope

The reconstruction of a church in Beirut severely damaged by the massive explosion that rocked the city this summer is... Read more

The port of Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 5, 2020, one day after a massive explosion.

Second round of US aid to Lebanon in question after August blast

As Lebanon continues to deal with fallout from the massive August explosion that devastated parts of the capital, Beirut, advocates... Read more

Damage in downtown Beirut following an explosion at the city's port, Aug. 6, 2020.

Syriac Catholic Patriarch offers free tuition, rent assistance after Beirut blast

On August 4, a fire in the capital city of Beirut, Lebanon spread to a warehouse containing some 2,750 tons... Read more

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

Lebanese cardinal says international court could look at Beirut blast

The Maronite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch has said an international court may need to examine the circumstances that led to... Read more

Damage after the Aug. 4 Beirut explosion.

Knights of Columbus donating $250,000 after Beirut explosion

The Knights of Columbus is donating $250,000 to aid relief efforts following a massive explosion in Beirut earlier this month.  Read more

Damage after the Aug. 4 Beirut explosion.

After Beirut blast, what some Lebanese Christians are doing to help their neighbors

The massive explosion in the port area of Lebanon’s capital on Aug. 4 overturned cars, shattered windows, set fires, and... Read more

Lebanese flag on barbed wire in front of the Lebanese government seat of Grand Serail.

Lebanese scholar: The West cannot afford to abandon Lebanon

A Lebanese academic and aid worker told CNA on Thursday that if Western nations fail to help Lebanon recover from... Read more

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

Cardinal says Lebanon leaders should resign after Beirut blast

Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch called for the resignation of the entire Lebanese government Sunday, following the devastating explosion in Beirut last... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims after the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis sends donation to Beirut for explosion recovery

Pope Francis has sent a donation of nearly $300,000 in aid to the Church in Lebanon to help with recovery efforts... Read more

Aftermath of the Aug. 4, 2020 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

Aid to the Church in Need sending 250,000 euro in food aid to Lebanon

International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced an emergency 250,000 euro food aid package for... Read more

A scene from the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, after explosions Aug. 4 left a wake of destruction across the city.

Lebanon needs US Catholic help now, bishops say

The Maronite eparchs of the United States are pleading for prayers and aid for the people of Lebanon in the... Read more

Lebanese Catholics pray at the shrine of St. Charbel, the country's patron saint.

Lebanese cardinal: ‘The Church has a great duty’ after Beirut explosion

A Lebanese cardinal has called on charities around the world to help Beirut's families “heal their wounds and restore their homes.”  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for victims of 'tragic' Beirut explosion as death toll climbs

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for Lebanon and for the victims of yesterday's Beirut explosions, which have killed over... Read more