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Latest update : 2012-09-17

Pope Benedict XVI visits Lebanese Christians

It's uncertain whether Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon will succeed in reassuring Lebanese Christians about their future. Declining demographically and divided politically, the community has been shaken by the Syrian crisis. Many see Bashar al-Assad as the protector of Syria's minorities - the Alawites, the Christians and the Druze - in the face of a Sunni majority. But all recall the suffering of Christians in Egypt and Iraq and fear for the fate of the region's Christians if Assad goes.

By Selim EL MEDDEB , Lucy FIELDER

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