September 19, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Benedict XVI returned to Rome from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo to preside over the general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall.
In his catechesis, the Pope recalled his recent trip to Lebanon, which took place between the 14th and 16th of September.
“I was able to speak from the heart, to stand before the sufferings and the dramatic events in the Middle East, and to express my prayerful encouragement for the legitimate aspirations for peace there.”
Benedict also noted the peaceful coexistence of Christians and Muslims in Lebanon. He said that they could be an example of inter-religious relations for the entire Middle East.
“I wish also to express my gratitude to the Muslim community, whose leaders welcomed me warmly, and to whom I proposed a message of dialogue and of collaboration.”
The Pope then asked for prayers that his trip to Lebanon would help bring peace and calmness to the Middle East.