Pope Arrives in Lebanon With Message of Peace Amid Violent Demonstrations

Protesters chanted slogans like "O Muslims, shout it out, we don't want the pope" and a group of Muslim scholars in Qatar accused him of sowing division


Pope Benedict XVI landed in Lebanon on Friday to start a three-day visit, saying the multi-faith country could serve as an example to a troubled Middle East but with his message marred by a deadly Islamist protest.

Stressing the key element of the first papal visit to Lebanon in 15 years—reconciliation between Christians and Muslims—he derided fundamentalism as "always a falsification of religion."