From May 25 to 29, on the occasion of Ascension, the Archbishop of Lyon, Olivier de Germay, visits Lebanon.
Olivier de Germay, Archbishop of Lyon since October 2020, is traveling to Lebanon for five days, from May 25 to 29. He visits Christians in the diocese of Antelias, north of Beirut, with which the diocese of Lyon has been twinned for 30 years. The objective is to “support and encourage them in the face of the many hardships they go through”.
He will be accompanied by a delegation of 30 people made up of members of Catholic education, the twinning committee, parishes and twinned schools, as well as business leaders. “With this visit, I wish to demonstrate to the Lebanese, and particularly to the Catholics of the diocese of Antélias, that the diocese of Lyon does not forget them, he indicated. I hope to provide moral and spiritual support to our Lebanese brothers and sisters, but also concrete support, by financially supporting a number of projects.”
€150,000 financed by the Saint-Irénée Foundation
With this trip, Olivier de Germay wishes to raise awareness among the faithful of the diocese of Lyon, and more broadly the inhabitants of the region, about the situation in Lebanon. During Lent, the Saint-Irénée Foundation reimbursed 150,000 euros to support several schools as well as medical dispensaries. Finally, food and medical aid will also be distributed to families in the popular parishes of Beirut.