Pontifical Oriental Institute

A Letter from Pope Francis to the Lebanese People on Christmas Eve


To His Beatitude,
Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï,
Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites,
President of the Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Lebanon

To your Beatitude and, through you, to all Lebanese, regardless of community and religious affiliation, I would like to address a few words of comfort and encouragement on the occasion of the celebration of the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace.

Beloved sons and daughters of Lebanon,

Great is my pain in seeing the suffering and anguish that suffocates the innate resourcefulness and vivacity of the Land of the Cedars…

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