Vatican: Lebanon stands as a message of freedom for the world

Lebanon “because of the presence of various Christian and Muslim communities there, stands as a message of freedom and respectful coexistence, not only for the region but for the whole world. In this context, it is increasingly necessary to promote collaboration and dialogue between religious confessions”.

Echoing the words of John Paul II, the opening line of the Vatican communiqué on Thursday morning’s meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, immediately underscores the regional importance of the Land of the Cedars.

Pope Benedict XVI welcomed the Head of State at the door of his private library. After posing for photographs, the two men then retired for a 30 minute private conversation, held in French. On emerging, the President presented his wife, son and delegation to the Holy Father and gifted him a beautifully crafted gold and ivory censer dating to the seventeenth century, from a Lebanese monastery.

A statement released shortly after the encounter read; “Attention …turned to the importance of civil and religious authorities being committed to educating consciences in peace and reconciliation, and the hope was expressed that the formation of the new government may favour the desired stability of the nation, which is called to face important internal and international challenges”.

“The talks then dwelt on the situation in the Middle East, with particular reference to recent events in certain Arab States, with the parties expressing their shared conviction that it is vital to resolve the ongoing conflicts in the region”.

“Finally, particular attention was given to the delicate situation of Christians in the entire region, and to the contribution they can make for the good of society as a whole”.

Vatican Radio

  • Hannibal

    Give it up… Middle Eastern Christians (and other minorities) have more of a chance surviving atheist China than living under a Moslem Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, no church can be erected, and Shiites cannot hold public offices. In Egypt, a church needs extreme scrutiny and has to go through tons of red tapes before it can break ground. In Syria, you are allowed to convert to Islam but forbidden by law to become a Christian if you are a moslem to the extent that the regime closed down all missionary work and it goes on and on and on… Islam today is just that… Convert, be subdued or die… Religion is poison… It has been through the ages and it will be as such in the future.

    • marc

      Religion is not poison, religion was the vehicule to advance society in many area startint with the law. Without the canon law, no state in europe will be called a rule of law state.

      The separation from state and religion came of age in christian states… I can go on and on … The point is people usely hide behind their belief to oppress others and impose their own personal view of politic and religion. But fundamentally relgion is the vehicule for peace and dialogue. Some hijack religion for their own purpose. Do you really believe in China or a any other communist country you can live better, don,t you now that the bishop in the catholic church is named by the state not Rome… Anyways I don,t want to debate endlessly but religion is their to make man a better man and make him grow as human being. No religion that I know teach to kill other human…

      Peace!

      • Hannibal

        The law of Hammurabi was written around 1790 BC BY MAN… Plagiarized since then by religion. You do not need religion to have a good law.

  • Hannibal

    Give it up… Middle Eastern Christians (and other minorities) have more of a chance surviving atheist China than living under a Moslem Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, no church can be erected, and Shiites cannot hold public offices. In Egypt, a church needs extreme scrutiny and has to go through tons of red tapes before it can break ground. In Syria, you are allowed to convert to Islam but forbidden by law to become a Christian if you are a moslem to the extent that the regime closed down all missionary work and it goes on and on and on… Islam today is just that… Convert, be subdued or die… Religion is poison… It has been through the ages and it will be as such in the future.

    • marc

      Religion is not poison, religion was the vehicule to advance society in many area startint with the law. Without the canon law, no state in europe will be called a rule of law state.

      The separation from state and religion came of age in christian states… I can go on and on … The point is people usely hide behind their belief to oppress others and impose their own personal view of politic and religion. But fundamentally relgion is the vehicule for peace and dialogue. Some hijack religion for their own purpose. Do you really believe in China or a any other communist country you can live better, don,t you now that the bishop in the catholic church is named by the state not Rome… Anyways I don,t want to debate endlessly but religion is their to make man a better man and make him grow as human being. No religion that I know teach to kill other human…

      Peace!

      • Hannibal

        The law of Hammurabi was written around 1790 BC BY MAN… Plagiarized since then by religion. You do not need religion to have a good law.

  • Give it up… Middle Eastern Christians (and other minorities) have more of a chance surviving atheist China than living under a Moslem Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, no church can be erected, and Shiites cannot hold public offices. In Egypt, a church needs extreme scrutiny and has to go through tons of red tapes before it can break ground. In Syria, you are allowed to convert to Islam but forbidden by law to become a Christian if you are a moslem to the extent that the regime closed down all missionary work and it goes on and on and on… Islam today is just that… Convert, be subdued or die… Religion is poison… It has been through the ages and it will be as such in the future.

    • marc

      Religion is not poison, religion was the vehicule to advance society in many area startint with the law. Without the canon law, no state in europe will be called a rule of law state.

      The separation from state and religion came of age in christian states… I can go on and on … The point is people usely hide behind their belief to oppress others and impose their own personal view of politic and religion. But fundamentally relgion is the vehicule for peace and dialogue. Some hijack religion for their own purpose. Do you really believe in China or a any other communist country you can live better, don,t you now that the bishop in the catholic church is named by the state not Rome… Anyways I don,t want to debate endlessly but religion is their to make man a better man and make him grow as human being. No religion that I know teach to kill other human…

      Peace!

      • The law of Hammurabi was written around 1790 BC BY MAN… Plagiarized since then by religion. You do not need religion to have a good law.

  • FadiAbboud

    Hannibal raises some good points regarding Christians in the Middle East- Why do the over dominantly Muslim countries deny basic rights and show intolerance to those who are different ?

    • marc

      Fadi I don’t disagree with hannibal about the persecution of Chritian ME. Everywhere in the world people are persecuted because of their beliefs. It is not a reason to qualified religion as a poison. The real poison is greed,vengence,hate… this poison is feeded by those whom aim to impose their will… These people are extremist without any regard of human dignity…

  • Anonymous

    Hannibal raises some good points regarding Christians in the Middle East- Why do the over dominantly Muslim countries deny basic rights and show intolerance to those who are different ?

    • marc

      Fadi I don’t disagree with hannibal about the persecution of Chritian ME. Everywhere in the world people are persecuted because of their beliefs. It is not a reason to qualified religion as a poison. The real poison is greed,vengence,hate… this poison is feeded by those whom aim to impose their will… These people are extremist without any regard of human dignity…

  • AfRyT

    If Religion is poison, Why do You carry a pseudo as Hanna Baal? (Hannibal) Beloved of Baal…?
    You contradict Yourself 🙂
    You tend to demonize all religions, But You don’t see that Christianity in particular is the base for Moral, Principles and respect for Human life, And in this particular case the Pope is referring to seed the respect among religions, He considers
    The delicate situation of all Christians and this brings hope that We haven’t been forgotten.
    A True Christian has the Strong will to rise and defend His/Her Faith! But weak and defeatist people like You gives up without a strong initiative to end the fight among religions, In fact You focus in the conflicts more than in reconciliation and then You would like to be in China eating dogs as food, and for You that might be Your pleasure and escape, But You are deceiving Yourself and You will encounter torture, dictatorship and added to that bad breath that You might enjoy.
    But when You get to China please say hi to the Chinese President what is His name…? Oh yes! Wayn too foss and His wife Smell deep ling.

    • Hannibal

      How could you preach Christianity and you are a Nazi sounding racist pig eating idiot. Isn’t that an oxymoron? Go fetch your God in Egypt as Horus and his mother Isis Mary nursing him begotten through a virgin birth a story told numerous times for over a century before the birth of Jesus. Have fun: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brankoab/5277790550/
      BTW my moniker Hannibal is purely for historical purposes… I obviously do not worship Baal… Do I? I prefer Anat… The virgin of Ugarit… OOPS! Another virgin…

  • AfRyT

    If Religion is poison, Why do You carry a pseudo as Hanna Baal? (Hannibal) Beloved of Baal…?
    You contradict Yourself 🙂
    You tend to demonize all religions, But You don’t see that Christianity in particular is the base for Moral, Principles and respect for Human life, And in this particular case the Pope is referring to seed the respect among religions, He considers
    The delicate situation of all Christians and this brings hope that We haven’t been forgotten.
    A True Christian has the Strong will to rise and defend His/Her Faith! But weak and defeatist people like You gives up without a strong initiative to end the fight among religions, In fact You focus in the conflicts more than in reconciliation and then You would like to be in China eating dogs as food, and for You that might be Your pleasure and escape, But You are deceiving Yourself and You will encounter torture, dictatorship and added to that bad breath that You might enjoy.
    But when You get to China please say hi to the Chinese President what is His name…? Oh yes! Wayn too foss and His wife Smell deep ling.

  • Anonymous

    If Religion is poison, Why do You carry a pseudo as Hanna Baal? (Hannibal) Beloved of Baal…?
    You contradict Yourself 🙂
    You tend to demonize all religions, But You don’t see that Christianity in particular is the base for Moral, Principles and respect for Human life, And in this particular case the Pope is referring to seed the respect among religions, He considers
    The delicate situation of all Christians and this brings hope that We haven’t been forgotten.
    A True Christian has the Strong will to rise and defend His/Her Faith! But weak and defeatist people like You gives up without a strong initiative to end the fight among religions, In fact You focus in the conflicts more than in reconciliation and then You would like to be in China eating dogs as food, and for You that might be Your pleasure and escape, But You are deceiving Yourself and You will encounter torture, dictatorship and added to that bad breath that You might enjoy.
    But when You get to China please say hi to the Chinese President what is His name…? Oh yes! Wayn too foss and His wife Smell deep ling.

    • How could you preach Christianity and you are a Nazi sounding racist pig eating idiot. Isn’t that an oxymoron? Go fetch your God in Egypt as Horus and his mother Isis Mary nursing him begotten through a virgin birth a story told numerous times for over a century before the birth of Jesus. Have fun: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brankoab/5277790550/