Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- A "Profound respect for the beliefs, texts, outstanding figures and symbols
of the various religions is" needed "for the peaceful coexistence of peoples,"
which is what Benedict XVI wants to do with his visit to Lebanon this week-end,
said Fr Federico Lombardi, Vatican Press Office director, in response to the
violence caused by a second rate US movie that mocks Muhammad.
In reaction to
the latter, a group of armed men attacked the US consulate in Benghazi killing
the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three of his staffers. The US Embassy
in Cairo was also attacked yesterday.
serious consequences of unjustified offense and provocations against the
sensibilities of Muslim believers are once again evident," Vatican Press
Office chief Federico Lombardi said in a statement. "The reactions they
arouse" can sometimes have "tragic results, which in their turn nourish tension
and hatred, unleashing unacceptable violence," he added.
Once more, the incident
accentuates tensions in the Muslim world just a few days before Benedict XVI's
visit to Lebanon. For some, this, the war in syria and tense relations between
Iran and Israel, was bound to postpone the papal trip; however, for Fr
Lombardi, the visit is instead a model for coexistence among believers.
For the Vatican
spokesman, Pope Benedict XVI's three-day visit to Lebanon starting on Friday would
bring a "message of dialogue and respect for all believers of different
peaceful message indicates "the path that everyone should follow in order
to construct shared and peaceful coexistence of religions and peoples."
correspondent in Lebanon confirms that Christians and Muslims are waiting for
Tonight in fact,
Muslims and Christians will come together for a vigil prayer in Beirut's Museum
Square in honour of Benedict XVI's visit.
will play and a Muslim will read from the Gospel and a Christian will read from