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