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14/09/2012 12:48 pm


The key venues for Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Visit to Lebanon from 14-16 September 2012. The Holy Father will sign and publish his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Middle East - a document born from an international meeting of Bishops in Rome convened to discuss the region back in 2010. Pope Benedict will meet with young people, dignitaries, diplomats and members of government as well as religious leaders and representatives from the world of culture.

Friday, 14 September 2012


Welcoming ceremony
Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport


Signing of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation
St. Paul's Basilica, Harissa

Saturday, 15 September 2012


Courtesy Visit to the President of the Lebanese Republic
Ambassadors’ Hall, Presidential Palace, Baabda

Private meeting with the President of the Republic
Private meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament
Private meeting with the Prime Minister

Meeting with the Religious Leaders of the Muslim Community
Ambassadors’ Hall, Presidential Palace, Baabda

Meeting with members of the government, institutions of the Republic, the diplomatic corps, religious leaders and representatives of the world of culture
May 25th Hall, Presidential Palace, Baabda


Lunch with Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon, Members of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East
Dining Hall, Armenian Catholic Patriarchate, Bzommar


Meeting Young People
The square across from the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerké

Sunday, 16 September 2012


Holy Mass and presentation of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation for the Middle East
Beirut City Centre Waterfront

Recitation of the Angelus


Lunch with the Papal Retinue
Apostolic Nuncio in Harissa.


Ecumenical Meeting
Hall of honor of the Syrian Catholic Patriarchate at Charfat


Departure ceremony
Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport

Related Links

Official website for Pope Benedict's Apostolic Visit to Lebanon 2012

Speeches, homilies and information from the official website for the Holy See

Lebanese Christian TV

Our Middle East Analysis podcast series

Dr Harry Hagopian's website