On Friday Pope Francis received in audience the president of Lebanon, Michel Sleiman. A statement released by the Holy See after the meeting said the two leaders had cordial talks. They discussed the situation in Lebanon and emphasized the importance of dialogue and collaboration among the members of the various ethnic and religious communities that make up the Lebanese society. They also discussed the situation in the Middle East, especially the conflict in Syria which has killed many people and displaced thousands, many of whom have sought refuge in Lebanon. They appealed for humanitarian assistance for the refugees and for a rapid resumption of talks to end the war. Lastly, they examined the delicate situation of Christians throughout the Middle East and what they can contribute to the region in light of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia in Medio Oriente. After meeting the Lebanese President, the Holy Father received a group of Bishops from the Italian region of Marche who are in the Vatican for their traditional visit to the Holy See which takes place every five years.