Italy’s churches rang their bells on Monday in solidarity with Lebanon’s anti-corruption protests, as reported by the National News Agency.
After 11 days of silence, Italian newspapers alike La Stampa and Avvenire, dedicated pages to give an account of the recent developments in Lebanon, signaling Pope Francis’ speech on Sunday
“Historical ties bind Lebanon and Italy together. We must not forget this country that is undergoing a difficult crisis,” La Stampa newspaper wrote.
For his part, Pope Francis urged everyone to seek the right solutions in the way of dialogue in Lebanon asking the country to respect "dignity and freedom."
"I would like to address a special thought to the dear Lebanese people, in particular to the young who... have made their cries heard in the face of the social and economic challenges and problems of the country," Pope Francis said following the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square.
“I hope that with the support of the international community, the country may continue to be a space for peaceful coexistence and respect for the dignity and freedom of every person, to benefit of the entire Middle East,” he added.