Najib Mikati

Pope Promises to Help Moribund Lebanon Rise Again

Pope Francis, meeting the prime minister of Lebanon, on Thursday compared the country to a dying person and promised to do everything in his power to help it "rise again". Francis and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who took office in September after a year-long government vacuum, met privately for about 20 minutes and discussed the country's devastating economic and social crisis, the Vatican said in a statement.