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Stakes very high for Pope Benedict’s trip to Middle East

Catholic World News - September 13, 2012

“Even before the deaths of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya on Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI’s Sept. 14-16 trip to Lebanon shaped up as a high wire act,” John Allen observes. “Now the trip also becomes the first visit of a major Western leader to the Arab world after the attacks in Egypt and Libya, and with the prospect of more violence on the horizon.”

“Big questions loom: Will the Pope’s presence inflame extremist Islamic sentiment even further? Or, will the visit act as a firebreak, offering a counter-narrative of Muslim-Christian harmony?”

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Sep. 13, 2012 7:56 PM ET USA

    Change to "world leader," not "Western leader." The Pope speaks for millions around the world, and speaks to billions.

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