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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.”
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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Larisa Epatko produced multimedia web features and broadcast reports with a focus on foreign affairs for the PBS NewsHour. She has reported in places such as Jordan, Pakistan, Iraq, Haiti, Sudan, Western Sahara, Guantanamo Bay, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, Germany and Ireland.
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