Skip to comments.Pope: Beirut Trip is Mideast Peace Pilgrimage
Posted on 09/10/2012 7:57:37 AM PDT by marshmallow
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday characterized his trip to Beirut later this week as a pilgrimage for peace for the entire Middle East region and its anguished people.
Benedict told pilgrims at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo near Rome that while finding solutions for the Middle East's problems seems difficult, people "shouldn't resign themselves to violence or worsening tensions."
He noted that during his three-day visit to the Lebanese capital, which begins Friday, he would meet with Lebanese authorities as well as Christians from Lebanon and other nearby countries.
"I am not unaware of the often dramatic situation endured by the populations of this region which has been for too long torn by incessant conflict," Benedict said. "I understand the anguish of many Middle Easterners steeped daily in sufferings of every kind, which afflict sadly, and sometimes mortally, their personal and family life."
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