Pope may visit Lebanon in September

AP News
Posted: Feb 07, 2012 10:16 AM
Pope may visit Lebanon in September

The Vatican is confirming that Pope Benedict XVI may travel to Lebanon later this year.

The top Roman Catholic official in the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, said Tuesday that Benedict was expected in Lebanon in September to present a document on the future of the church in the Middle East.

It would be the second trip for the 84-year-old Benedict in 2012, following his March 23-29 visit to Mexico and Cuba.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said a Lebanon trip was under consideration. The Vatican usually confirms trip details closer to the actual date.

Benedict has expressed increasing concern about the plight of Christians in the Muslim-dominated Middle East.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati invited the pope during a November audience at the Vatican.