"While the conditions of the planet can appear catastrophic, and certain situations appear even irreversible, we Christians cannot lose hope", Francis said.
Pope Francis quoted what St. John Paul II had said of Lebanon some 30 years ago about "the extreme danger that threatens the very existence of the country".
A Christian "can't help but respect the work that the Father entrusted him with, like a garden to cultivate", the pope said. "Lebanon can not be abandoned in solitude".
The head of the world Catholic Church went further proclaiming, the coming September 4th, a Universal Day of Prayer and Fasting For Lebanon.More news: Report On His Remarks About Fallen Soldiers Is "Fake Story", Says Trump
Pope Francis called on all Lebanese "to continue to hope and to find again the strength and energy needed to start over", and he asked political and religious leaders to dedicate themselves to the common good, working with transparency and setting aside partisan interests.
"Therefore, in order to emerge from this crisis better, we must do it together, together, not alone, together, not alone because it is impossible, either you do it together or you don't do it".
Only if Catholics are willing to work with the people "in a spirit of fraternity among all the religious traditions that exists in Lebanon" will they be able to offer a fruitful contribution to the country and the Arab world, he said. "Do not let the dream of those who believed in the future of a lovely and prosperous country slip away".
The pope also pressed the global community to help "Lebanon emerge from a serious crisis without being involved in regional tensions".More news: Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon says virus is spreading again in Scotland
The Vatican press office said the pope handed his prepared text to members of the group and then had an unscripted conversation with them, telling them that his own "ecological conversion" began in 2007 by listening to Brazilian bishops at the Latin American bishops' meeting in Aparecida, Brazil.
On that day, he said, he intends to send Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Lebanon as an expression of his "spiritual closeness and solidarity" with the Lebanese people.
Father Georges Breidi, a member of the Lebanese Maronite Missionary Congregation, thanked the pope and added, "We greatly need your support, and of the support of the universal church.we can not continue to live like his in Lebanon".More news: Woman Arrested And Charged With Incitement Over Anti-Lockdown Event Facebook Post