In Lebanon, Pope calls for end to Syria conflict

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 16, 2012 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has placed the Middle East under the “maternal protection” of Our Lady and has asked her to help bring peace to war-torn Syria and the entire region.“May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence! May men understand that they are all brothers!” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address … [Read more...]

Pope asks Christians to be servants of peace

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 16, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told an open-air Mass in the Lebanese capital of Beirut that the Christians of the Middle East must be peacemakers in the often troubled region.“Dear brothers and sisters, I pray in particular that the Lord will grant to this region of the Middle East servants of peace and reconciliation, so that all people can live in peace and with dignity,” the Pope said to a congregation of over 350,000 gathered on … [Read more...]

Pope calls Lebanese youth to ‘revolution of love’

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 15, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has challenged young Christians and Muslims in the Middle East to reject the path of violence and hate and instead unleash a “revolution of love.”“It is vital that the Middle East in general, looking at you, should understand that Muslims and Christians, Islam and Christianity, can live side by side without hatred, with respect for the beliefs of each person, so as to build together a free and … [Read more...]

Pope encourages culture of peace in Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 15, 2012 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech to Lebanese leaders on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI called for the strengthening of a “culture of peace” that is built upon respect for life, the family and religious liberty.It is “quite demanding” to achieve peace, the Pope told a gathering of political, cultural and religious leaders at the Presidential Palace in the city of Baabda, Sept. 15. Peace involves “rejecting revenge, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI: fundamentalism a ‘falsification’ of religion

Aboard the papal plane, Sep 14, 2012 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict described fundamentalism as “a falsification of religion,” which goes against its true purpose as “an invitation to share God’s peace throughout the world.” “Therefore the commitment of the Church and of religions is to undertake a purification of such temptations, to illuminate consciences and to try and provide everyone with a clear image of God,” said Pope Benedict on … [Read more...]

Pope signs momentous document on Church in the Middle East

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 14, 2012 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has signed his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in the Middle East, “Ecclesia in Medio Oriente,” during the first day of his visit to Lebanon. “The Exhortation as a whole is meant to help each of the Lord’s disciples to live fully and to pass on faithfully to others what he or she has become by Baptism: a child of light, sharing in God’s own light, a lamp newly lit amid … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict arrives in Lebanon as ‘pilgrim of peace’

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 14, 2012 / 08:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says he is arriving in the Middle East with a message of peace as he begins a 3-day Apostolic Visit to Lebanon.   “Dear friends, I have come to Lebanon as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men. Christ says, Salami o-tikum, 'My peace I give to you,'” said the Pope at the official welcoming ceremony at the Beirut’s Rafik Hariri Airport Sept. 14. “And … [Read more...]