The Vatican said that during today’s talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Pope Francis expressed his desire to visit Lebanon as soon as possible.
Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni told reporters that in Hariri’s private 30-minute audience speech, the pope reiterated his close relationship with the Lebanese people, who are experiencing great difficulties and uncertainty. It was recalled that all political forces have the responsibility to participate urgently for the benefit of the people. .
Pope Francis expressed the hope that Lebanon, with the help of the international community, “represents the power of Shanshan once again. This diversity turns a fragile country into a power of encounter, coexistence and pluralism,” Bruni concluded. .
At the press conference of the Lebanese TV channel Al Jadeed, Hariri confirmed after the meeting that the Pope hopes to Lebanon after the government is formed. This is a message to the Lebanese.
After more than eight months of blockade, although the country needs a government capable of launching reforms to deal with the crisis, Lebanese political parties are still negotiating and discussing the allocation of ministerial functions.
The last pope of Lebanon was Benedict XVI in September 2012.