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Pope Francis Urges Action to Save Lebanon

ANWAR AMROJean Assaf, an 80-year-old retired police officer who earns a monthly pension worth around $180, down from $1,400 before the crisis, looks at an old photo album at his home in Beirut’s Mar Mikhael district on March 24. Lebanon is in the grips of its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war, with more than half of its population living in poverty.

The country St. John Paul II said was a message to humanity, is ‘weeks to several months’ away from total collapse, unless the international community can save it.