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On Wednesday, I asked you to join me in prayerful solidarity for the people of L…

On Wednesday, I asked you to join me in prayerful solidarity for the people of Lebanon. This morning I released the following statement:

People of good will from around the world have been deeply saddened by the heart wrenching images of utter devastation emanating from Beirut. The explosion that took place on Tuesday in the city’s bustling port resulted in unimaginable loss of life and destruction of property.

This tragedy struck a Lebanese people already suffering tremendously from economic hardship, civil unrest, and the snares of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these dire times for the people of Lebanon, I echo our Holy Father’s sentiments expressed at his general audience on Wednesday.

As Pope Francis said, “Let us pray for the victims and their family members, and let us pray for Lebanon so that with the effort of everyone in society — political and religious — it may face this tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the serious crisis it is experiencing.”

May we, as a people of faith and hope, do our part to answer Pope Francis’ call. Through prayer and temporal sources of assistance, let us seek to uplift the strong and proud people of Beirut, during this time of sorrow and devastation. May the Lord pour out his comfort and mercy upon the people of Lebanon in their hour of need.

+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia


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Local Lebanese Catholics unite in prayer, tears after Beirut blast

Local Lebanese Catholics unite in prayer, tears after Beirut blast

Some two dozen gathered for an Aug. 5 liturgy at St. Maron Maronite Catholic Church in South Philadelphia to support a nation reeling from recent tragedy and ongoing crisis.

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Novena for end of pandemic begins this week

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Archbishop Nelson Perez invites the clergy, religious and lay persons in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join in the nine-day period of prayer before the Solemnity of the Assumption.

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Domestic violence webinars offer hope, help as abuse spikes

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The archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection will co-host three online sessions in August to confront what experts call

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