| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Protocol bans Pope Francis from visiting Lebanon

Pope Francis’ visit to Lebanon is gaining prominent attention during this period, and it was reported that the visit would take place between May and the end of this year.

But what some do not know is that there is a specific protocol, which prevents the Pope from visiting Lebanon in the near future.

Vatican sources confirmed that Pope Francis does not visit a country in which elections are held, or what is known as the electoral year. The reason for this is that his visit would not be exploited by one team at the expense of another.

The visit should be prepared 8 or 9 months in advance because it is an unusual visit.

The sources also pointed out that the Pope will visit Lebanon after the presidential elections, which should take place in October, at the end of President Michel Aoun’s term.

This means that the date of the visit will not happen before the end of 2022 or in the first half of 2023.

In another aspect, and after talking about an international conference with the Gulf to help Lebanon, other sources revealed that what is being circulated is a simplification if it is not accompanied by an operational roadmap.

He reminded that Lebanon must implement international resolutions and the Lebanese government should take concrete steps and abide by self-distancing, in addition to holding the parliamentary elections on time in a transparent manner, and completing the investigation into the port explosion.

He also pointed out that whoever reviews the Kuwaiti paper and what Archbishop Gallagher expressed during his visit, notes that the Vatican is leading a diplomatic effort to preserve the Lebanese identity, not based on special interests, but based on a civilized moral duty, indicating that nothing is specific in this regard so far, and there are no specific dates either.

  • Sawt Beirut International