atican City, 20 November 2018: Speaking to a Maronite Catholic Church delegation, Pope Francis thanks Lebanon for accepting over one million refugees and maintaining a balance between Christians and Muslims. On November 19 Pope Francis talked to the Maronite Foundation and to a group of Lebanon authorities.
In brief remarks, as they were more than he had expected, Pope Francis jokingly compared the various group of people visiting to the “multiplication of loaves”
The meeting came on the same day as the Pope Francis met with Maronite Catholic Church bishops who are in Rome on their visit to “ad Limina Apostolorum.”
Balance and generosity
Pope Francis has two things to tell the Lebanese people.
First, the Pope thanked the Christians and Muslims for “maintaining a creative balance, as strong as the cedar tree.”
Second, in reference to their attitude towards refugees, he shared his gratitude for their “generosity and welcoming hearts.”
Pope Francis confirmed that over one million refugees fleeing conflict were welcomed to Lebanon.
The Pope Francis eventually blessed those who served the Maronite Foundation and the authorities in Lebanon. “May the Lord bless you, your families, your homeland, your children, your refugees.”