Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,470 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Fighting in Syria raises concerns about Pope's scheduled trip to neighboring Lebanon

Catholic World News - June 12, 2012

Unrest in the Middle East, and especially in Syria, has begun to raise questions about the plans for a September trip to Lebanon by Pope Benedict XVI.

Escalating violence in Syria has caused concern that the fighting could spill over into neighboring Lebanon. Vatican analysts note that Syria has exerted considerable control over Lebanon in recent years, and groups sympathetic to both factions in the Syrian struggle have a strong presence in Lebanon as well.

Vatican officials have privately confirmed plans for a papal trip to Lebanon in mid-September. During that visit the Pope is scheduled to release his apostolic exhortation concluding the work of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which met in Rome in October 2010.

However, the Vatican has not yet made a formal announcement of the papal trip. That fact may or may not be significant, since the Vatican typically does not release an official announcement of any papal voyage until a few weeks before the trip takes place.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,848 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,151.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 3 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? 7 hours ago
The Synod: It's a Wrap! 23 hours ago
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6