Pope Benedict XVI message: "Only forgiveness, given and received, can lay lasting foundations for reconciliation and universal peace"

Pope Benedict XVI message: "Only forgiveness, given and received, can lay lasting foundations for reconciliation and universal peace"

Beirut : Lebanon | Sep 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM PDT
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"The import of weapons has to finally stop," Benedict, 85, told journalists on the plane. "Without the import of arms the war cannot continue. Instead of importing weapons, which is a grave sin, we have to import ideas of peace and creativity."

Due to unrest in Muslim nation, Pope sent a message for everyone to have "peace and accept forgiveness" during his visits at Lebanon's presidential palace on Saturday.

“Long live the pope! Long live the pope!” the Iraqis cried when they saw Benedict XVI. “Hallelujah!”

Anger brought protesters to revenge and fight for their religion and beliefs. Pope Benedict XVI said on his address on the third day of his visit to Lebanon, “It is not uncommon to see the two religions within the same family. If this is possible within the same family, why should it not be possible at the level of the whole of society?"

For Shammas Selim, resident in the north Iraqi province of Abril, “The pope’s visit to Lebanon is a blessing for the whole Middle East. “It serves as a reminder for us Iraqi Christians that there is still hope.”

Forgiveness, given and received can brought us together for universal peace, according to Papal Nuncio. “Why did God choose these lands? Why is their life so turbulent,” he asked.

“God chose these lands, I think, to be an example, to bear witness before the world that every man and woman has the possibility of concretely realizing his or her longing for peace and reconciliation. This aspiration is part of God's eternal plan and he has impressed it deep within the human heart.”

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Pope Benedict XVI message: "Only forgiveness, given and received, can lay lasting foundations for reconciliation and universal peace"
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