(Quote) Thomas-699657 said: Therese, I remember not to long ago watching on EWTN, the Pope's visit to Lebanon and it was...
(Quote) Thomas-699657 said:
Therese, I remember not to long ago watching on EWTN, the Pope's visit to Lebanon and it was a beautiful Mass and celebration. I really enjoyed it and wonderful singers in the Mass. I love seeing other Masses in all the different cultures and rites of our Catholic Church. I must say Lebanon surprised me of how beautiful the Mass was. I could not help but wonder if bombs from Syria were going to be dropped on the Pope. I also did not know there were that many Catholics there.
I remember when I was younger maybe 12 or 13 I had some neibors from lebanon and they had come to the USA because it was not good over there for Catholics, I was told by them That is why there Parents emigrated to the USA. The 2 brothers I knew names were Hanni and sanni. Can't remember there last name or know if I spelt there names right. It was like the early 1970s. I knew them for about 1 year they were renting a house around the corner from my house and finally there parents found and bought a house and that was the last I herd from them. Funny I will always remember them, they were very nice and open and kind people.I will always remember them because of this. Well just thought I'd share k. Tommy
Tomas thank you for sharing! And Thank you everyone who are taking time to read in my post!
The Holy See vist to Lebanon was held on Sept 14-16. 2012
Thomas you said: I could not help but wonder if bombs from Syria were going to be dropped on the Pope.
In fact Pope Jean Paul II visited Lebanon year 1997 It was also a critical time and the risk was always there. I was lucky and blessed that time that i was in Lebanon had the chance to see his Holiness closely while he was giving the blessing to everyone, I assisted in the two masses he celebrated during his visit.
Pope Visit to Lebanon 2012: Why Now?
As it seems, the visit is of an official and religious character, fulfilling an invitation to visit the country by the Lebanese president about two years ago. What was originally planned to be a religious mission made sure to address political issues as well, as the Pope expressed his stance on the "Arab Spring", saying "its a positive thing: its the desire for more democracy, for more freedom, for more cooperation and for a renewed Arab identity." But the Pope has a lot more on his mind: the Vatican fears for the future and fate of the regions Christians amid the growing conflict and instability. The turmoil stemming from the Arab Spring has deeply unsettled the regions Christian population, which fears being in the cross-fire of rival Muslim groups, as is the case in Syria as well as Iraq.
Benedict XVI picked Lebanons St Paul Basilica in Harissa to announce and sign the Apostolic Exhortation aimed at the Christians across the Middle East. This choice was only natural given that Lebanon is the Arab country with the largest Christian population around 40 percent of its population and the only one with a Christian head of state. Beyond Lebanon, the Pontiffs visit aims to reassure Christians and other minorities in the region as well, such as Shiites, Alawites, Druzes, etc. www.policymic.com