Vatican statement on Beirut attack

Today's bombing in the Christian section  of Beirut is of special concern to the Vatican, coming on the heels of Pope Benedict XVI's Sept. 14-16 trip to the nation, which was hailed for lifting up a compelling example of Christian-Muslim harmony. All the main Islamic currents in Lebanon embraced the trip, including Hamas, which festooned Beirut with banners welcoming the pope to the city.

This afternoon the Vatican released a statement on the attack by Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson. The following is an NCR translation of Lombardi's statement, which comes as a seven-member delegation representing the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization is set to depart for neighboring Syria, in part to demonstrate concern for the Christian minority there. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will be part of that delegation.

* * *

We refreshed our website! Drop us a line at to tell us what you think. We value your feedback.


Lombardi statement: “The attack in Beirut deserves the firmest condemnation, for the absurd homicidal violence it manifests and because it’s contrary to the efforts and commitment to preserving peaceful co-existence in Lebanon. Instead, as Pope Benedict XVI has said many times, Lebanon is called to be a message of peace and hope for those who live there and for the entire region. While sharing with compassion the sorrow for the dead and the wounding of so many people, it’s hoped that this horrible event will not be an occasion for the further spread of violence.”

Support independent reporting on important issues.

 One family graphic_2016_250x103.jpg

Show comments

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.