Pope Approves Lebanon as Christian Pilgrimage Destination for 2019

Published July 16th, 2018 - 07:00 GMT
Greek Orthodox monks work in a garden at the monastery of Our Lady of Hamatoura in northern Lebanon on March 08, 2016. (AFP/ File Photo)
Greek Orthodox monks work in a garden at the monastery of Our Lady of Hamatoura in northern Lebanon on March 08, 2016. (AFP/ File Photo)

The Vatican will authorize official pilgrimage visits to Lebanon in 2019, Lebanese Charge d’Affaires in Vatican City and UNESCO Ambassador Khalil Karam told the country’s officials, according to the state-run National News Agency Friday.

The decision will put Lebanon back on the list of official Roman Catholic Church pilgrimage destinations, issued annually by the Holy See, for the first time in 12 years, the NNA reported.

The move is expected to increase religious tourism to Lebanon, as thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world follow the list to choose their destinations.

During his two-day Vatican visit in March 2017, President Michel Aoun discussed the potential move with officials at the Holy See.

Karam had also been holding discussions with the Vatican’s department dealing with pilgrimage matters, and has reportedly presented hotels and facilities suitable for pilgrims.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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