Pope to visit Lebanon in September despite tensions

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Lebanon in September will go ahead as scheduled, the Vatican said on Monday, despite tensions in the country linked to the raging conflict in Syria.

“The preparations for the visit are going ahead without any uncertainty on the part of the Vatican,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters.

Lombardi cited as evidence the September 14-16 trip would go ahead the fact that the pope’s special car — the “popemobile” — was on its way to Beirut.

Lebanon has been battling to contain an eruption of violence triggered by events in neighbouring Syria, including a spate of mass kidnappings that recalled the dark days of the country’s own civil war.

Several Gulf countries have ordered their nationals to leave the country in the face of threats, particularly against Saudis and Qataris whose governments are staunch opponents of the Syrian regime.

Turkey and the United States have also warned of possible attacks against their citizens.

Pope Benedict XVI is expected to bring a message of peace for the Middle East on his three-day trip.

The 85-year-old German pontiff is set to meet with various religious leaders in multi-faith Lebanon and emphasise in particular the need for peaceful coexistence between Christian and Muslim communities in the Middle East

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  • breakthemould

    I think this is good news. Perhaps he will pray for all of us. He can also pray for Bashar’s safe exit to the Hague without hindrance from any parties.  What else should his prayer include, any suggestions:
    1. A united Lebanon, where everyone in Lebanon wakes up in the morning and say “I am Lebanese first” before they have their Lebanese coffee
    2. A new set of younger, more educated, more practical, honest, determined, clean of corruption politicians.
    3. Half the cars (The oldest ones) to be shipped to Calcutta, India for the poor to use free of charge as gift from Lebanon. Only cars models 2009 onwards to remain in order to ease traffic jams in Beirut
    4. All motorists (Drivers) to have an over night lesson in driving again and to be trained in POLITE driving and letting other motorists pass them first.
    5. Electricity Supply contentious and cheap. All illegal supplies to end and legal bills paid on time.
    6. Fast internet
    7. Strong Army
    8.Lower property prices
    9. Lots of parking spaces and plots in Beirut
    10. All roads to be repaired so that we do not have easy driving
    11. Strong Lira
    12. Peaceful, good relations with Syria based on mutual respect and balanced and good neighborliness with exchange of criminals and many respected treaty with firm borders and easy trade with same digital forms for entries and paperwork for documentations for goods and passengers which can be done online

    • 5thDrawer

      We all dream, Mr. Mould. 🙂
       (Ok,ok … not all of us … Hope the Pope brings some condoms … :-/ )

      • breakthemould

         I Have been dreaming since I was born 5th Drawer and will continue to dream about better life in Lebanon after I die. Good to dream Shakespeare said, and I follow his instructions.

        • 5thDrawer

          I think William was looking for sleep … but yes, wanted the dreams. And it IS good to do it. It is part of the hope most of us have for better times and futures. Carry on. 🙂

      • breakthemould

         I Have been dreaming since I was born 5th Drawer and will continue to dream about better life in Lebanon after I die. Good to dream Shakespeare said, and I follow his instructions.

        • 5thDrawer

          I think William was looking for sleep … but yes, wanted the dreams. And it IS good to do it. It is part of the hope most of us have for better times and futures. Carry on. 🙂

      • bs244846

        i think some need cerebral condoms to avoid idiotism contagion….dont feel personally concerned please….you are not unique in this situation….many in this blog are too

      • bs244846

        i think some need cerebral condoms to avoid idiotism contagion….dont feel personally concerned please….you are not unique in this situation….many in this blog are too

    • Constantin7

      It’s not Santa Claus who’s coming….lolll

      Neverthless, it is good that he’s coming inspite of all the evil that is going around. We need peace in our hearts first in order for it to materialize in our surroundings.

    • Constantin7

      It’s not Santa Claus who’s coming….lolll

      Neverthless, it is good that he’s coming inspite of all the evil that is going around. We need peace in our hearts first in order for it to materialize in our surroundings.

  • breakthemould

    I think this is good news. Perhaps he will pray for all of us. He can also pray for Bashar’s safe exit to the Hague without hindrance from any parties.  What else should his prayer include, any suggestions:
    1. A united Lebanon, where everyone in Lebanon wakes up in the morning and say “I am Lebanese first” before they have their Lebanese coffee
    2. A new set of younger, more educated, more practical, honest, determined, clean of corruption politicians.
    3. Half the cars (The oldest ones) to be shipped to Calcutta, India for the poor to use free of charge as gift from Lebanon. Only cars models 2009 onwards to remain in order to ease traffic jams in Beirut
    4. All motorists (Drivers) to have an over night lesson in driving again and to be trained in POLITE driving and letting other motorists pass them first.
    5. Electricity Supply contentious and cheap. All illegal supplies to end and legal bills paid on time.
    6. Fast internet
    7. Strong Army
    8.Lower property prices
    9. Lots of parking spaces and plots in Beirut
    10. All roads to be repaired so that we do not have easy driving
    11. Strong Lira
    12. Peaceful, good relations with Syria based on mutual respect and balanced and good neighborliness with exchange of criminals and many respected treaty with firm borders and easy trade with same digital forms for entries and paperwork for documentations for goods and passengers which can be done online

    • 5thDrawer

      We all dream, Mr Mould. 🙂 

      • breakthemould

         I Have been dreaming since I was born 5th Drawer and will continue to dream about better life in Lebanon after I die. Good to dream Shakespeare said, and I follow his instructions.

        • 5thDrawer

          I think William was looking for sleep … but yes, wanted the dreams. And it IS good to do it. It is part of the hope most of us have for better times and futures. Carry on. 🙂

      • bs244846

        i think some need cerebral condoms to avoid idiotism contagion….dont feel personally concerned please….you are not unique in this situation….many in this blog are too

    • Constantin7

      It’s not Santa Claus who’s coming….lolll

      Neverthless, it is good that he’s coming inspite of all the evil that is going around. We need peace in our hearts first in order for it to materialize in our surroundings.

  • Hannibal

    wulak ahlaaaaan… lol

  • wulak ahlaaaaan… lol