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Special website and papal logo released for Pope's upcoming visit to Lebanon


The logo includes the colors of Lebanon, as well as a dove as a symbol of peace. There's also a cedar tree in the middle that represents the country and a cross on the right.

On the web, the official schedule for the trip can be followed to see all of the pope's meetings during his time there. It also includes a biography of Benedict XVI, some keys points of the Catholic Church in the Middle East, and will later publish all of the pope's speeches in Lebanon.

The website is available in four languages: Arabic, French, English and Italian.