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

Which Christian leaders are coming to the Vatican’s day of prayer for Lebanon?

The pope has invited leaders of Lebanon’s main Christian communities to the Vatican on July 1. Read more

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai during a previous private audience at the Vatican, on Feb. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis invites Lebanese Christian leaders to Vatican to pray for peace

Lebanon has faced a financial and political crisis for months, as political leaders have failed to form a government to... Read more

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

Maronite Catholic leader calls on international community to ‘help save Lebanon’

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch called on Tuesday for the United Nations to help resolve the country’s crisis by convening an international... Read more

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

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai during a previous private audience at the Vatican, on Feb. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis briefed on Lebanon’s ‘bitter economic crisis’ by Maronite patriarch

Pope Francis met with Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch at the Vatican this weekend and told the pope of the challenges facing... 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

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

Catholic leader outlines vision for Lebanon as the ‘Switzerland of the East’

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch issued a memorandum Monday outlining a vision for the restoration of the country’s neutral status as the... 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

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