In a General Audience on Wednesday, August 5, Pope Francis has offered prayers for the victims of the tragic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon that left at least a hundred people dead and thousands more injured.
“Let us pray for the victims, for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon, so that, through the dedication of all its social, political, and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing,” the Pope said via livestream from the Vatican. (Read: 5 Prayers for Strength and Encouragement Amid Difficulties)
Let us pray for the victims of the explosions in Beirut and for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 5, 2020
Lebanon is in mourning after a massive explosion occurred in its capital Beirut and surrounding areas on Tuesday evening. The blast killed at least 100 people and injured thousands. As of writing, authorities are still searching for bodies or survivors trapped under the rubble. News reports say that two Filipinos were killed in the blast. (Read: Filipinos Reported Dead, Injured After Beirut Explosion in Lebanon)
The incident has ignited fires and left most of the city without electricity. Crowded residences in eastern Beirut were also damaged severely. The blast was felt in as far as Cyprus.
Authorities say that the blast is from a warehouse at Beirut’s port. It might have been caused when a fire detonated more than 2,700 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate, which had been stored in the warehouse since 2014.
Fr. Miled el-Skayyem of the Chapel of St. John Paul II in Keserwan, Lebanon appealed for prayers to nations around the world.
“We ask your nation to carry Lebanon in its hearts at this difficult stage and we place great trust in you and in your prayers, and that the Lord will protect Lebanon from evil through your prayers.” (Read: 4 Spiritual Prayers for Mourners of the Dead)