Lebanese Christians around Australia have attended church services to remember the victims of Tuesday’s devastating explosion in Beirut. Source: SBS News.
Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Cathedral in Harris Park, western Sydney, was filled to its coronavirus-restriction imposed capacity as the community came together for the first weekend since the disaster in which more than 150 people died, including one Australian.
A live-stream of the service was also offered for those unable to attend.
Only 100 people were allowed into the cathedral because of COVID-19 restrictions, and attendees had their temperatures taken on arrival.
About 250,000 people make up Australia’s Lebanese community and most directly know someone who has been devastated by the event.
Sr Irene Boughosn from the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family at Harris Park told SBS News that there were "no words to describe what we're going through".
Authorities in Beirut on Saturday said there were still at least 60 people still missing as rescuers continued to search through the rubble.
The Australian government has pledged $2 million to the humanitarian and recovery effort.
Beirut explosion victims honoured (Facebook/7 News)
The Homily of his Excellency Bishop Antoine Tarabay. 6 pm Mass | 8 August 2020 (YouTube/Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral)