Sunday, 9 June 2013

Lebanon update

Up in the mountains of Lebanon, in the Qadisha Valley, prayers for peace have been offered this Sunday. Sporadic violence flares up on the borders of Lebanon, close to Syria, and in protests and areas associated with the war in Syria. Here though, prayers are offered from an area of peace and beauty  - which is a stronghold  of Maronite Catholic faith.

Mass was celebrated up at the birth place of St Charbel, in Bqaa Kafra, at 1750m.  Aid to the Church in Need pilgrims prayed for peace in the Middle East and for all those suffering at this time - particularly the Syrian people. Most estimates now say there are well over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon alone.

The biggest needs are for help for refugees, peace in this region and for the Christian presence to be sustained - all with prayer and compassion.

Please join us and the people here in prayer.

Neville Kyrke-Smith
National Director
Aid to the Church in Need

Monastery of St Anthony of Qozhaya, Qadisha Valley, Lebanon

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