On the last day of his trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Pope Francis prayed for the people of Lebanon. The country is "weary and plagued," said the 85-year-old pontiff at a meeting with church officials on Sunday morning (local time) in Manama. He assures all peoples in the Middle East who are suffering of his prayers and solidarity, the Catholic Church leader continued. His four-day visit to the Muslim island nation on the Persian Gulf ended on Sunday.
Francis actually wanted to visit Lebanon in June. But the trip was canceled because he was still struggling with knee pain then and now. Many Lebanese see the Argentine's visit as an important sign of solidarity. At that time, Francis was also considering a trip to Jerusalem, where he should have met the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. The conversation with the clergyman who is loyal to Putin would have been an opportunity to talk about ways of peace in the Ukraine war.