Pope to visit Lebanon in September?
January 20, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Lebanon in September, according to the Roman news agency I Media. The Vatican has not confirmed the report.
Vatican officials reportedly have indicated that the Pope will travel to Lebanon in mid-September, to release his apostolic exhortation summarizing the work of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which held its discussions in Rome in October 2010.
The papal trip will likely include stops in Beirut and in Bkerke, the site of the Maronite Catholic patriarchate. The visit would be the first papal trip to Lebanon since Blessed John Paul II traveled there 15 years ago. It would be the first opportunity for Benedict XVI to speak in the Middle East since the region was roiled by the “Arab Spring” uprisings of 2011.