Letter #85, 2021, Sunday, August 15: Lebanon in danger

    Statue of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, Lebanon. This shrine, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is visited by many Maronite Catholics and by many Orthodox, but it is also visited by many Muslims of good will who have a devotion to the Blessed Mother. It could become a place from which a new vision [...]

Letter #57, Friday, July 16, 2021: Lebanon #3

    Letter #57, Friday, July 16, 2021: Lebanon: Looking for Hope     "May God protect Lebanon." -- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, after resigning yesterday at the Baabda presidential palace in Lebanon     Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri speaks at the presidential palace after resigning yesterday, July 15, 2021. Hariri had served as Prime Minister of Lebanon a decade [...]

Pope calls for day of prayer, fasting in solidarity with Lebanon

Pope Francis appeals for Lebanon during the General Audience on September 2, 2020 (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters) One month after a massive explosion at a fertilizer storage facility tore through Beirut and reopened Lebanon’s old wounds, Pope Francis expresses his and the Church’s solidarity with the troubled nation and calls for a worldwide [...]

Letter #21, Thursday, August 13, 2020: Become a friend of Lebanon

"Ah, let me cross over and see this good land beyond the Jordan, this fine hill country, and the Lebanon!" – Deuteronomy 3:25 Dear friends,     I am writing to invite you to join with several dozen other readers of this letter who have become "friends of Lebanon" by donating even a small amount — a [...]

Seven Points… and an Eighth

In Rome, prelates prepare to debate the nature of the marital bond, the nature of the family in an age of “familylessness,” at the same time that the family of the faith, the Church, remains divided. The wisdom of Simone. “Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall [...]