Pope Benedict To Visit Armenian Catholic Convent In Lebanon


September 14, 2012 – 13:29 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Pope Benedict XVIarrives in Lebanon on Friday,
Sept 14, to bring a message of peace to a region torn by civil war in
neighboring Syria and strained by violent Islamist protests against
the United States in Libya and Egypt

While those tensions overshadowed preparations for the religiously
sensitive visit, security was low-key in Beirut and the only protests –
against a film denigrating the Muslim Prophet Mohammad – were due to
take place far from the capital.

Even the militant Shi’ite movement Hezbollah has hung banners along
the airport highway greeting Benedict with a picture of him and
texts in Arabic and French saying: “Hezbollah welcomes the pope in
the homeland of coexistence”.

“The pope is with us,” was the headline in Al-Nahar newspaper, which
said more than 5,000 military and security personnel were being
deployed to protect the pontiff. Beirut airport was due to close to
all air traffic for two hours shortly before his arrival.

Benedict, on his fourth trip to the Middle East as pope, will stress
unity among the different Christian churches in the region and
peace between Christians and Muslims during the visit, which will be
restricted to Beirut and its surroundings, Reuters reported.

He is also expected to visit the Armenian Catholic Convent in Bzoummar,
where a monument to Hakop Meghapart inaugurated to mark the 500th
anniversary of Armenian book printing will be consecrated.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS