Security forces have been placed on alert ahead of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Lebanon, the visit’s coordinator said on Wednesday. "All Lebanese security organizations are on a state of alert poised to protect His Holiness the Pope," who will travel to Lebanon September 14-16, said Father Abdo Abou Kasm. Referring to what he said was close coordination between Lebanese authorities and the Vatican, he said security had been reinforced and that "all eventualities had been considered… so that this visit will be crowned with success." But last month, a Jesuit priest who was recently forced to leave Syria for supporting the uprising against President Bashar Assad, warned that the pope’s safety could be at risk. [Link]