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Pope Benedict’s Gutsy Prayer

Pope Benedict XVI is earning his pay.

He was on top form in Lebanon over the weekend, delivering a message of peace and prayer for the Near East. During the trip, he repeatedly argued for religious tolerance and chastised those who had succumbed to the temptation to commit acts of violence in the name of God. Addressing an open-air mass of up to 350,000 worshippers in Beirut, he proclaimed: “May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East, the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence.”

Amen to that. The pope has shown himself to be a shepherd who goes where the sheep need him—all in all, a gutsy move for an 85-year-old public figure whose security detail probably wouldn’t match what most world leaders get when they go to a restaurant. All of us, regardless of religious affiliation, should be thankful.

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