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Politics - Pope's visit: Crowds devoutly assemble to participate in Beirut's historic Mass.

NNA - 16/9/2012 Gathering for the historic Mass to be held in Lebanon, Beirut City's Waterfront, began early today as thousands of Lebanese, Arab, and foreign people pullulate to participate in Pope Benedict XVI's holy Mass.

This religious ceremony has turned into a miraculous one as people of all sects, confessions, and nationalities unite in Beirut city under a sole purpose; pray for peace in the Middle East.

Already on his way toward Beirut Waterfront square, the Supreme pontiff, the messenger of peace, shall appear before the public from an altar established in the form of a cedar, where he will be surrounded by believers, churchmen and cardinals, as by patriarchs of the Middle East and bishops from various Christian sects.

The remarkable Pontifical Mass shall start at 10:00 a.m. whereby Maronite Catholic Patriarch, Mar Beshara Rahi, shall deliver a speech to welcome the Supreme pontiff.

At the end of the Mass, Pope Benedict XVI will give his blessing to Lebanon, to the Middle Eastern countries to hand over, afterwards, a copy of the Apostolic Exhortation he signed on Friday at Harissa's St. Paul Basilica.

L.W.

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