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Pope Benedict XVI in a meeting Saturday with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, praised the peaceful coexistence in Lebanon between various religious communities, including Druze, Christians and Muslims.

Hope was expressed “that the country (Lebanon), through the exemplary coexistence of the various religious communities … may continue to be a ‘message’ for the region of the Middle East and for the whole world,” the Vatican said in a statement issued after the morning talks.

Benedict received Hariri at the Vatican Apostolic Palace where, “in an atmosphere of great cordiality,” their talks focused on Lebanon and the broader situation in the Middle East, the Vatican statement said. DPA

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