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Pope John Paul II Makes First Middle Eastern Trip to Lebanon

Pope John Paul II, 2005

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Pope John Paul II visits Lebanon, his first trip to the Middle East. The next day, he will celebrate mass for a crowd in Beirut numbering around 300,000.

During his homily he says, "I am certain that the sufferings of the past years will not be in vain. They will strengthen your freedom and unity." He also releases an Apostolic Exhortation that calls for reconciliation between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon and urges a complete independence of Lebanon.

He does not directly call for Syrian and Israeli troops to leave, but that is implied.

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