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Pope leaves for three-day Lebanon visit

Pope Benedict XVI arrives to board his plane for his pastoral visit to Lebanon, at Ciampino Airport in Rome September 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Remo Casilli)

CLAMPINO AIRPORT, Italy: Pope Benedict XVI flew out of Rome on Friday at the start of a three-day visit to Lebanon, a country riven by sectarian tensions as fighting rages in neighboring Syria.

The visit by the 85-year-old pontiff comes as the region is also engulfed in protests over an amateur U.S.-made movie mocking Islam, unrest that has killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. officials in Beghanzi.

 

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