Pope Francis Offers Prayers for Beirut Victims

Pope Francis Offers Prayers for Beirut Victims

Pope Francis has offered prayers for the victims, their families, and for Lebanon after the enormous explosion in Beirut’s port on Tuesday. the enormous explosion in Beirut’s port on Tuesday. At least 100 people died and thousands injured.

The pontiff also appealed that through the dedication of all the social, political and religious elements, Lebanon “might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and; with the help of the international community, overcome this grave crisis.”

International aid is heading to Beirut, with Poland sending a team of about 50 firefighters; including 39 rescuers with 4 dogs and a chemical rescue module. A Greek military transport plane is heading to Lebanon with a search and rescue team; with specialized equipment and a sniffer dog, while Cyprus says it will be sending help.