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Lebanon to declare 'Christian-Muslim national holiday' for feast of the Annunciation

Catholic World News - February 19, 2010

Lebanon will soon declare a national holiday for the feast of the Annunciation, to underline the reverence that Christians and Muslims feel for the Mother of God, the AsiaNews service reports.

The Lebanese Council of Ministers has approved a resolution to observe March 25 as a "common Christian-Muslim national holiday." The public celebration would bear witness to the country's long history of amicable interfaith relations.

The official announcement of the new holiday could come as soon as Saturday, February 20, when Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Feb. 19, 2010 6:19 PM ET USA

    Your wording is a bit off from the basic article in an important respect: Muslims revere Mary as the Mother of Jesus, not as the Mother of God since they believe Christ was not divine but merely a prophet .

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