President Michel Sleiman and Patriarch Beshara Rai’s simultaneous
announcements of Pope Benedict XVI’s planned visit to Lebanon from Sept.
14-16 – during which he will sign the Post-Synodal Apostolic
Exhortation for the Middle East – is a sign of the coordination and
cooperation between the president and the patriarch.
Sources close to the president said that during Sleiman and Rai’s
closed-door meeting before Easter Mass in Bkirki, the two addressed
pressing local and regional issues in detail, focusing on the grave
dangers looming on the horizon.
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