Holy See–Lebanon relations

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Holy See-Lebanon relations
Map indicating locations of Holy See and Lebanon

Holy See


Holy See–Lebanon relations are foreign relations between the Holy See and Lebanon. Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1947. The Holy See has a nunciature in Harissa. Lebanon has an embassy in Rome.

The Holy See has played a major role in the peace negotiations of Lebanon. It has sought to unify Christian factions that were separated after the Lebanese civil war. At the same time, it sought to reduce Christian-Muslim tensions and to preserve Christian communities that have been declining in many parts of Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, a close friend of the Pope, has had a significant influence in local Lebanese politics. John Paul II was widely regarded[according to whom?] as a political ally of Lebanon, which he called the message-country.

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