200,000 left homeless after Beirut explosion

Pope Francis appeals for prayers for Lebanon

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Over 200,000 persons were left without homes following the deadly explosion which struck Lebanon on Tuesday. This data was announced by Beirut’s governor Marwan Abboud.

Meanwhile, during the weekly General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis prayed for Lebanon.

Pope Francis asked those present to pray for the victims, for their families; and for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing.

At least 100 people were killed and thousands were injured, and many are feared still trapped under rubble.