Pope Arrives in Lebanon As Protests Sweep Mideast

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Pope Benedict arrived in Lebanon today as violent protests swept across the Middle East.

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon today and urged peace at a time of great turmoil in the Middle East. The trip will take the pope to the nation with the largest percentage of Christians in the Middle East — nearly 40 percent of Lebanon’s 4 million people, with Maronite Catholics the largest sect.

Violence broke out in Tripoli as Pope Benedict arrived.

A Hardee’s and a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fast food outlet burns after protesters set the building on fire in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.