Published: September 17. 2012 4:00AM PST
Pope Benedict XVI, left, addresses a speech in front of Lebanese honor guards Sunday during his departure ceremony at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut.
Standing near what was once the dividing line of Lebanon’s bygone civil war, the pope said a prayer on Sunday for the victims of the conflict in Syria, where the end is hard to see.
Syria was a recurring theme in the pope’s three-day visit here. As he arrived, Benedict called for both the Syrian government and its opponents to stop importing arms. Before he left on Sunday, the pope lamented the cost. “Sadly, the din of weapons continues to make itself heard. Violence and hatred invade people’s lives, and the first victims are women and children.
— New York Times News Service
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