By John Dolan The Pope has laid flowers at the funeral of “hero” Syrian refugee Nour Al-Zaydan, who was killed by an Israeli tank shell in a crossing at the Lebanese border in 2012.
It was the first time that a Syrian refugee had been laid to rest in Lebanon.
Al-Yaman, who had fled from Aleppo, was killed in an Israeli attack on an Aleppo crossing in July 2012.
“My father would not accept the reality that there is no future for him in Syria,” his widow said in a statement released by the Vatican.
“He would not let the world accept him, he would not allow the world to forget him.”
Pope Francis was speaking at the start of a four-day visit to the Mediterranean island nation, where the Vatican is helping build a new centre for refugees.
The pontiff said the refugees were an inspiration to others.
“They are the ones who are fighting for justice and justice in this world.
They are the heroes of the human rights struggle,” he said.
He also welcomed Syrian refugees to Lebanon and urged the Lebanese government to take in Syrian refugees.
“I hope that the Lebanese state will help all of the refugees, even the ones that are already in Lebanon,” he added.
Syrian refugees have been among the first to make the perilous journey from war-torn Syria to Europe.
But since the start at least January, the Syrian refugee crisis has become a source of frustration for the European Union and for the United States.
In a bid to stem the flow, European nations have started to restrict the number of Syrian refugees in their countries.
The United States, which has been one of the few allies of Israel in the Syrian conflict, said it would take a “strong and credible” stance against Syrian refugees, despite the Pope’s call.