BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Patriarch Beshara Rai thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his solidarity with Lebanon and Syria amid the difficult circumstances both countries are witnessing, the National News Agency reported. “We thank the pope for sending an envoy to Lebanon and for expressing solidarity with the Syrian people in the ongoing conflict in their country,” Rai said during Mass Sunday. Earlier this week, the pope called for peace in Syria but admitted that a planned visit by a Vatican delegation to the conflict-torn country would not go ahead because of conditions in Syria. The pontiff, meanwhile, dispatched an envoy, Cardinal Robert Sarah, to Lebanon to discuss the crisis.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 12, 2012, on page 4.