(CHRISTIAN POST) – A cardinal serving in Lebanon said churches have a duty to help Beirut, which he described as a "devastated city" after a massive explosion at its port killed at least 145 people and injured 5,000.
"Beirut is a devastated city. A catastrophe struck there because of the mysterious explosion which occurred in its port," Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, said Wednesday in a statement released by the Catholic Telegraph.
"The Church, which has set up a relief network throughout Lebanese territory, today finds itself faced with a new great duty which it is unable to assume on its own," he added.
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Rai called the devastation of the explosion "a war scene without war," adding that there was "desolation in all its streets, neighborhoods, and houses."