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MAY 08, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Lebanon church head's planned Jerusalem visit stirs controversy

By Alexander Dziadosz and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - A planned visit by the head of the Maronite church to Jerusalem has stirred an outcry in Lebanon, which is still technically at war with its southern neighbor Israel. Lebanon's Patriarch Beshara al-Rai said last week he would join Pope Francis during a May 24-26 tour of the Holy Land, a visit that would make him the first Maronite patriarch to do so since its creation in 1948. Supporters say the trip will help affirm Jerusalem's multi-religious character, while critics have accused the church leader of legitimizing a state many Arabs ... Read More

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