During his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, 3 August, Pope Francis recalled the second anniversary of the devastating Beirut Port explosion this 4 August. The following is a translation of the Pope’s appeal.
Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the explosion in the port of Beirut. My thoughts go to the families of the victims of that disastrous event and to the beloved Lebanese people: I pray that each one may be consoled by faith and comforted by justice and truth, which can never be hidden.
I hope that Lebanon, with the help of the international community, may continue on the path of “rebirth”, remaining faithful to its vocation to be a land of peace and pluralism, where communities of different religions can live in fraternity.