May 30, 2021 - World

Pope to meet with Lebanon's Christian leaders

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Pope Francis plans to meet with leaders of Lebanon's Christian community on Tuesday for a "day of reflection on the worrying situation in the country," Reuters reports.

The state of play: Lebanon is still reeling from the massive explosion that shook Beirut last year, deepening the country's economic crisis and sparking a political shakeup.

  • Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri "has been at loggerheads for months with President Michel Aoun over cabinet positions," per Reuters.
  • Hariri won last October, but has been unable to form a new government, according to Reuters.

The big picture: Pope Francis has previously said that he would visit Lebanon once it formed a new government.

  • He said Sunday that during their meeting, he and Lebanon's Christian leaders will "pray together for the gift of peace and stability," per Reuters.
  • The Vatican did not confirm which representatives of Lebanon's Christian denominations will be present at the meeting.
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