Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Lebanon ‘as a pilgrim of peace’

BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon Sept. 14, saying that he came “as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men.” In his remarks at a welcoming ceremony at Beirut’s airport, Pope Benedict praised Lebanon, with a mixed population of …

Lebanon, Middle East prepare for Pope’s pastoral journey

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As he begins a pastoral journey to the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI is launching an appeal to all Christians in the region to respond to social and political tensions and insecurity by being hopeful, active builders of peace and reconciliation. At the end of his …