Lebanon: Pope’s visit shows reality of coexistence in Arab world

Pope Benedict XVI’s three day visit in Lebanon earlier this month carried a meaningful message of hope in troubled times. Despite international tensions, the Lebanese people united to welcome him, demonstrating their desire for successful coexistence.

Civilian Attacks Rise in Syria, U.N. Says

Beirut, Lebanon – With the Syrian conflict spilling into the Lebanese border area on Monday, United Nations investigators said civilians were bearing the brunt of indiscriminate air and ground assaults in the fighting over the future of President Bashar al-Assad. The report was presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva by Paulo […]

Pope: I regret having to leave Lebanon

“Your warmth and your affection make me wish to return. I thank you for that especially. May God bless you for it!” Pope Benedict XVI told the Lebanese as he was departing from Lebanon at the end his 3-day visit.

Pope ends Lebanon trip, urges interreligious harmony

Pope Benedict XVI closed a three-day visit to Lebanon on Sunday with an impassioned plea for peace, reconciliation and interreligious harmony, the themes that have dominated his discourse here. “I will appeal to all of you to be peacemakers, wherever you find yourselves,”

Pope tells Christians: Be peacemakers in Middle East

Beirut, Lebanon – Pope Benedict urged Middle Eastern Christians on Sunday to work for peace and against “the grim trail of death and destruction” in the world, in a sermon delivered in Lebanon as civil war raged in neighbouring Syria.

Pope decries Syria ‘horror’ at open-air Mass in Beirut

Pope Benedict XVI made a sweeping appeal Sunday for peace in Syria and the Middle East, decrying the violence “which generates so much suffering.” Speaking at an open-air Mass before a huge crowd, he urged the international community and Arab countries in particular to find a solution to end the conflict in neighboring Syria.

Pope leading open-air Mass in Beirut

Soldiers set up roadblocks and patrolled streets in downtown Beirut before Pope Benedict XVI arrived for an open-air Mass, the major public event of his three-day visit to Lebanon to press for peace and reconciliation between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.

Pope: Don’t emigrate,You live where Christ was born

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday implored young Christians not to emigrate from Lebanon, saying they were “meant to be protagonists” as the country moved forward, and urging them to forge closer bonds with Muslim youth. “You are the future of this fine country and of the Middle East in general,” he said. “Seek to build […]

Pope tells Syrians he admires their courage

Pope Benedict XVI told Syrians at a rally for young people Saturday that he admired their courage and that he does not forget those in the Middle East who are suffering. On a day of appeals for religious freedom in the region, he said it was time for Muslims and Christians to work together against […]