» 09/13/2012, 00.00
LEBANON - VATICAN
Patriarch Rai: pope calling for peace in Syria, anti-Islam movie offends everyone
For the head of the Maronite Church, Benedict XVI comes as a witness of peace in the Middle East, demanding governments, interested parties and mercenaries to stop buying and using weapons. Together, Christians and Muslims can build for a real Arab Spring. The movie that denigrates Muhammad is an insult to all religions. It is unclear who the director and producer are.
14/09/2012 SYRIA - LEBANON - VATICAN
Nuncio in Damascus: Benedict XVI a beacon for the Middle East
Archbishop Mario Zenari hopes that the Pope's visit to Lebanon will encourage the international community, Syrian army and rebels to pursue the path of dialogue. The prayer of the Syrian Christians. But no Syrian bishop will be in Beirut. Situation in Aleppo and in the suburbs of Damascus increasingly dramatic.
14/09/2012 LEBANON - VATICAN
Pope: yes to Arab spring, no fundamentalism and weapons
On his way to Beirut, Benedict XVI answers journalists' questions, saying that he is "happy" and "sure" about the trip, and that he never thought of cancelling it. Christians, but also Muslims, are suffering and leaving Syria.
23/11/2012 VATICAN - LEBANON
Pope remembers his Lebanon visit during meeting with President Sleiman
The Lebanese leader is in Rome with 500 compatriots for tomorrow's consistory during which Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai will become a cardinal. As a gift, he brought a big photo album, with pictures taken during the pope's pastoral visit in September to Lebanon.
12/09/2012 VATICAN - LEBANON
Vatican slams anti-Muslim provocations, cites pope's positive example in Lebanon
The head of the Vatican Press Office condemns the "unjustified offense and provocations against the sensibilities" of Muslims caused by a movie mocking Muhammad. Such actions "nourish tension and hatred, unleashing unacceptable violence." In Lebanon, Benedict XVI wants to build coexistence among believers. A meeting in Beirut's Museum Square is held to welcome the pope.
08/06/2015 SYRIA – LEBANON
Bechara al-Rahi in Damascus for the Assembly of Patriarchs
This year, the patriarchs chose to meet in Syria (not in Lebanon) to reassure Christians of every Church in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen . . . “We patriarchs are with you,” Mgr al-Rahi said. In a plea to the faithful, he called on them not to lose hope, but pray and work for the return home of 12 million Syrians displaced by the war. He also said he might visit Maaloula.
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