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Preview: Pope Benedict in Lebanon 2012

31/08/2012 9:46 am

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In today's Middle East Analysis special, we look ahead to Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Visit to Lebanon.

Bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, Dr Harry Hagopian, looks at all aspects of the three-day visit that will take place between 14-16 September.   

Shared Values

"The Pope is coming [to Lebanon] as the Head of a State but he's not going to come to speak as a politician, he's going to speak as someone who brings moral integrity and an ethical value sorely needed in today's world of uncertainty. That is something that a lot of people appreciate in a man like him and it is something that endears him to Muslims and Christians alike"

Muslim/Christian vigil

Two days before the visit, Christian Non-Governmental Organisations have arranged a Muslim/Christian vigil in Beirut:

"The idea is to bring Christians and Muslims together to celebrate the fact that the Pope is coming. Somebody who is a bridge-builder, a reconciller - someone who is seen by all to be bringing reconciliation and dialogue to the fore at a time when there is a lack of it.

Potential Impact of the Visit

"I believe that the impact of this visit will be positive. It will lift the spirits of everyone in the region - Christians and Muslims alike. You notice I keep saying Christians and Muslims alike. Some people will be saying 'He's the Pope of the Catholics. What have Muslims or other Christians got to do with it?' Yes, but they're all citizens of the same region and what happens to one affects the other."

Duration: 13m 8s

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Official website for Pope Benedict's Apostolic Visit to Lebanon 2012

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Pope in Lebanon

This Middle East Analysis special previews Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon 14-16 September 2012. Bishops' consultant on the MENA region Dr Harry Hagopian looks at all the key issues. Duration: 13m 8s.   lebanon-sept-2012.mp3 6.76 MB