On August 4th, 2020, a massive chemical explosion ripped through Beirut’s port area and downtown, killing at least 200 people and injuring 5000. The blast, equivalent to a 3.3 magnitude earthquake, was felt as far away as the island of Cyprus and caused extensive damage – as far as 9 kilometres away from the blast – throughout the capital city of Lebanon, leaving some 300,000 people homeless.
This catastrophe came in the midst of another crisis caused by COVID-19, which itself happened in the middle of one of the country’s worst financial crises.
In this edition of Faith in a Time of Crisis
, Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann speaks with Carl Hétu, National Director for Catholic Near East Welfare Association – Canada
, about the situation in Lebanon and the work of CNEWA in the region.
To learn more about how you can support the people of Lebanon during this crisis, visit CNEWA's Lebanon emergency relief campaign
Learn more about Lebanon:
Pope Benedict's Visit to Lebanon
Pope in Lebanon: Welcome Ceremony
Pope in Lebanon: Signing of 'Ecclesia in Medio Oriente'
Pope in Lebanon: Meeting with Government Officials
Pope in Lebanon: Address to Young People
Pope in Lebanon: Mass and Angelus
Pope in Lebanon: Farewell Ceremony