Pope Benedict XVI visited Lebanon last weekend with a message to young people to “love one another” and reject violence. View a slide show of his trip.
Demonstrations partly inflamed by a U.S.-made Internet film mocking Muslims and the Prophet Mohammed flared in parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia this week and last.
But the pope’s visit went forward unimpeded, as he celebrated Catholic Masses and met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. A day after he left, thousands protested the movie in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital.
“‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ This is the legacy of Jesus and the sign of the Christian,” the pope told a crowd Saturday in Bkerke, Lebanon. “This is the true revolution of love.”
- Pope Calls Lebanese Youth to ‘Revolution of Love’ — National Catholic Register
- In Lebanon, Pope Laments Strife in Syria, Where the War Rages On — The New York Times
- Pope Urges Peace at Open-Air Mass in Beirut — The Wall Street Journal
- Why Did an Obscure Movie Raise Such Ire in the Muslim World? — PBS NewsHour
On Friday’s NewsHour, McClatchy Newspaper’s Nancy Youssef talked about the protests and police response in the Middle East, and the International Crisis Group’s Robert Malley discussed how the protests are signs of larger economic and security problems:
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