Speaking at the presidential palace in the city of Baabda, he praised Lebanon as a Middle Eastern country where Christianity and Islam "have lived side by side for centuries."
Pope Benedict had begun the second day of his apostolic visit with a private Mass at the Apostolic Nunciature of Harissa before being taken by car to the Presidential Palace. There he was greeted by the President of Lebanon, General Michel Sleiman. The two then had a private meeting.
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