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Pope meets Muslim leaders in Lebanon


Pope Benedict XVI waves his hand upon arrival at Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon on Friday to urge peace at a time of great turmoil in the Middle East, saying the import of weapons to Syria during the country’s civil war is a “grave sin.” The three-day visit comes at a time of turmoil in the region — the civil war in neighboring Syria and in the aftermath of a mob attack that killed several Americans in Libya, including the U.S. ambassador. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT – Pope Benedict XVI is to meet leaders of Lebanon’s Muslim communities on Saturday, a key moment in a visit aimed in part at bridging the gap between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.

The encounter will be particularly poignant coming after several days of deadly violence as Muslims have protested against a US-made film that mocks Islam.

The pontiff, who arrived on Friday for a three-day visit, will travel to the presidential palace in the Beirut suburb of Baabda and first meet President Michel Sleiman, a Maronite Christian.

Before his talks with the Muslim leadership, he will also meet Prime Minister Nagib Mikati, a Sunni, and parliament speaker Nabih Berri, a Shiite.

Lebanon has an unwritten but rigorously followed tradition that the three top jobs are always reserved for members of those respective faith communities.

He will also deliver a speech to the assembled dignitaries on the common vocation of Christians and Muslims to be religions of peace.

Thousands of people, mostly Christians and including many children, lined the road leading to the palace in bright but pleasant sunshine, hoping to catch a glimpse of the pope.

Lebanese and Vatican flags fluttered, and there was a festive atmosphere on the streets.

Zeina Khoury, a Maronite who lives nearby, said she, her husband and two children got up at 6:00 a.m. to make sure they could find a place along the route.

“This is a blessing for Lebanon,” she said. The pope’s visit is “important because it can bring us peace and because it reminds us of the importance of living together.”

“I brought my children to see the pope … because it could be the only chance they will ever have in their life.”


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  • PaengSaAmerika

    The Holy Pope promotes peace for the world. CBCP Bishops promote nothing but divisiveness and meddling with government affairs. Sad to say, but that’s the reality.

  • freeview

    Naku po! Benedict be cautious, with the recent outrage of muslim bcoz of the anti muslim video, anything is possible. We pray for ur safety



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