Holy Land Journey: Challenges for the Church in Lebanon

Bishop Gerald Kicanas, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is in Lebanon and blogging about his travels for Catholic News Service. From his Saturday post:

Then we got down to business. Bishop Roland spoke of the internal and external challenges to the Catholic Church in Lebanon.

Internally the war has deeply affected the Christian presence in Lebanon: massacres, displacement, exodus towards the city, emigration. He spoke of the Palestinian refugee situation and the difficult situation of the camps. He expressed concern about the arsenal of Hezbollah that even outweighs by far that of the Lebanese army and security forces. It used to be that 52 percent of Lebanon was Christian, but now less than 35 percent because so many have left to go to the United States, Australia, Europe and the Gulf countries.

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