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Church and Ecclesial communion

Extrats from the Preparatory Document    
During the course of the convivium in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall, in the Vatican, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, H.E.R. Mons.  
Intervention of H. Em. Emmanuel ADAMAKIS, Metropolitan of France (FRANCE), Fraternal Delegate
His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has requested me to pass on to you, on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and  
The provisional, off-the-record and unofficial English version is published below:


Propositio 1
Documentation Presented to the Supreme
During the Fourteenth General Congregation held on Friday 22th October 2010, the Synod Fathers approved the Nuntius, the Message to the People of God,  
Summing up the synod
Guided by the theme of "communion and dialogue" participants at the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East have been discussing over the past two  
Presentation and vote for the Final Propositions
Saturday 23rd October, the work of the Synodal Assembly concludes with the reading and vote, in Aula, of the Final Propositions.
After which, there is
Presentation of the Message and vote for the Post-synodal Council
Friday 22nd October morning, there is the study of the collective Amendments to the Propositions by the Relator General, the Special Secretaries and  
Presentation of the unified List of the Final Propositions
On Thursday 21st October, there is the presentation of the unified List of the Final Propositions and the elaboration, by the bishops, of the  
Work continues behind closed doors
On Wednesday 20th October, the Relator General and the Special Secretaries go on to unify the Final Propositions, presented by the small groups (“  
With the small groups, work continues behind closed doors
This morning, in small groups (“Circoli minori”), the bishops prepare the Final Propositions, to be handed this evening to the General Secretariat.
Sustained in faith
With the spotlight at the ongoing synod of bishops for the Middle East focusing on the difficult situation facing the Church and the Christian  
Roma Capitale is promoting two major international events for the Synod of Bishops
On 19 October on the occasion of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, Roma Capitale is promoting two major international  
Intervention of Rev. Raymond Leslie O'TOOLE, Assistant Secretary General, "Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences" (F.A.B.C.) (HONG KONG), auditor
The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences comprises regions that include East Asia, South-East Asia, South Asia and Central Asia. The Middle East  
Today the General Relator, H. B. Antonios NAGUIB, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts (ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT), intervened for the reading of the  
16 October 2010

At the opening of the Tenth General Congregation intervened, the President of the Commission for the Message H. Exc. Mons. Cyrille
Intervention of Mons. Denys Antoine CHAHDA, Archbishop of Alep of the Syrians (SYRIA)
The society in which we live, in this century of complete globalization, is a society for the major part, materialistic, ignoring God and all that  
Intervention of Mons. Michel ABRASS, Titular Archbishop of Myra of the Greek-Melkites, Bishop of the Patriarchal Curia of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites (SYRIA)
As regards our problems in Lebanon, they are many as well as complex. Leaving aside political problems, we satisfy ourselves with pointing our finger  
Intervention of Mons. Simon ATALLAH, Bishop of Baalbek - Deir El-Ahmar of the Maronites (LEBANON)
The question of Christian unity, this testament of our Lord Jesus Christ has evolved greatly throughout the centuries. In fact, Church unity has  
Intervention of Mons. Cyril VASIL', Titular Archbishop of Ptolemais in Libya, Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches (VATICAN CITY)
In agreement with the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches His Eminence Leonardo Sandri, I would like to present to this  
Intervention of Mons. Krikor-Okosdinos COUSSA, Bishop of Alexandria of the Armenians (EGYPT)
“It is through him, by faith, that we have been admitted into God's favor in which we are living, and look forward exultantly to God's glory.
Intervention of Card. William Joseph LEVADA, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (VATICAN CITY)
My intervention will focus on the notion of the living Tradition of the Church as taught in the Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum of the  
Intervention of Rev. Rino ROSSI, Director of the "Domus Galileae", Corazin (ISRAEL), auditor
In the first chapter of the Instrumentum Laboris, speaking about apostolicity and missionary vocation, it says: “In being apostolic, our Churches  
Intervention of Mons. Michel AOUN, Episcopal Vicar of the Archieparchy of Beirut of the Maronites (LEBANON), auditor
I firmly believe that this Synod could give an answer to our faithful’s expectations if it proposes strong pastoral programs for adults, which can  
Intervention of H. Em. Georges KHODRE, Greek-Orthodox Metropolitan of Byblos, Botrys and Mount Lebanon (LEBANON)
“This communion within the Universal Church is manifested in two ways: firstly, communion in the Eucharist; secondly, communion with the Bishop of  
Intervention of H. Em. Makarios TILLYRIDIS, Metropolitan of Kenya (KENYA)
On this special day, I am greatly honored and to the utmost humbled by this honor to speak before you. I also count it a blessing that I get to speak  
Intervention of Mons. Paul DAHDAH, Titular Archbishop of Arae in Numidia, Apostolic Vicar of Beirut of the Latins (LEBANON)
In the text of the Instrumentum laboris, the theological, trinitarian, christological and ecclesiological foundations of ecclesial communion are  
Intervention of Mons. Edgard MADI, Bishop of Nossa Senhora do Líbano em São Paulo of the Maronites (BRAZIL)
When we talk about monks, the Western world looks to the East. The Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” wrote an article last year on November 26th,  
Intervention of Bro. César ESSAYAN, Councillor of the General Delegation of the East and the Holy Land of the Order of Friars Minor (LEBANON)
The Word of God, so dear to our Father Saint Francis, is the place for meeting face to face with Christ. It is there, in meditation and contemplation,  
Intervention of Mons. Jean TEYROUZ, Titular Bishop of Melitene of the Armenians, Curia Bishop of Cilicia of the Armenians (LEBANON)
1. “The Catholic Church holds in high esteem the institutions... of the Eastern Churches, for in them, distinguished as they are for their venerable  
Intervention of Mons. Youssef Anis ABI-AAD, Archbishop of Alep of the Maronites (SYRIA)
“We cannot welcome those that God places on our path if we do not welcome God in person. The more we discover God, the more we discover the holiness  
Intervention of Rev. F. Khalil ALWAN, Secretary General of the "Conseil des Patriarches Catholiques d'Orient" (C.P.C.O.) (LEBANON)
Paragraph 55 of the Instrumentum ;laboris did not take into consideration the large role that the Councils play in reinforcing communion between the  
Intervention of Mons. Guy-Paul NOUJAIM, Titular Bishop of Caesarea Philippi, Auxiliary Bishop and Syncellus for Sarba (LEBANON)
The Instrumentum laboris (no. 76), quoting Vatican II, declares that the division between Christians is the object of scandal and that it handicaps  
Intervention of Mons. Gregory John MANSOUR, Bishop of Saint Maron of Brooklyn of the Maronites (USA)
The Preface to the Lineamenta, reminds us that the situation surrounding the missionary efforts of the first Christians is very similar to ours today.  
Intervention of Rev. F. Umberto BARATO, Patriarchal Vicar Emeritus of Jerusalem of the Latins for Cyprus (CYPRUS)
Last June, Cyprus experienced intense, memorable days when His Holiness, Benedict XVI visited the island. We pray for the spiritually beneficial  
A road to travel together
At the request of the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales , Monsignor Peter Fleeetwood has written a brief presentation focusing on the the  
Intervention of Mons. Dimitrios SALACHAS, Titular Bishop of Carcabia, Apostolic Exarch for the Catholics of Byzantine Rite living in Greece (GREECE)
The massive emigration of Eastern Catholic faithful from the Middle East to the West in territories of Latin ecclesiastical districts is an urgent  
Intervention of H. B. Baselios Cleemis THOTTUNKAL, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars (INDIA)
Communion is basically derived from the most Holy Trinity. This Divine reality is reflected in all the salvific works of Lord Jesus Christ, hence,  
Intervention of Rev. F. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, O.F.M., Custos of the Holy Land (JERUSALEM)
Too often the pastoral perspective in the Holy Land starts from the situation rather than the vocation of the Church. Our vocation has as its  
Intervention of Mons. Ramzi GARMOU, President of the Iranian Episcopal Conference (IRAN)
In its conclusion the Instrumnentum laboris poses this very important and at the same time disconcerting question: What future for the Christians of  
Intervention of Mons. Antoine Nabil ANDARI, Titular Bishop of Tarsus of the Maronites, Auxiliary Bishop and Syncellus for Jounieh (LEBANON)
“Do not fear little flock” is a call for hope.
What are the possible paths towards the future for Christians, from the Lebanese experience?
This means to
Intervention of H. B. Fouad TWAL, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins (JERUSALEM)
The Mother Church of the Holy Land is a very concrete and living reality, even if a minority. Fundamentally, the Christians in our countries are not  
Intervention of Mons. Joseph ARNAOUTI, Patriarchal Exarch of Damascus of the Armenians, Bishop Emeritus of Kamichlié of the Armenians (SYRIA)
“When the completion of the time came” (Gal 4:4), God “sent his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Saviour, who took flesh as an Asian”  
Intervention of Archmandrite Robert L. STERN, General Secretary of the "Catholic Near East Welfare Association" (C.N.E.W.A.) (USA)
“Church” has many meanings. The Church's mystery can be described using “models”, none of which is adequate to describe it. We use “  
Intervention of Mons. Jean Benjamin SLEIMAN, Archbishop of Babylon of the Latins (IRAQ)
My intervention relates to no. 55 of the .I.L which says: In inter-ecclesial relations among Catholics, this communion is manifested in each country  
Intervention of Rev. F. Mauro JÖHRI, General Minister of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (ITALY)
In my intervention I recalled the characteristics of the presence of the Capuchins in the Middle East down through the centuries within the wider  
Intervention of Mons. Raphaël François MINASSIAN, Patriarchal Exarch of the Armenian Patriarchate of Cilicia (JERUSALEM)
Communion is not a friendly social relationship, but it is rather the dedication of oneself for the good of one’s brother. This is the teaching of  
Intervention of Mons. Maroun Elias LAHHAM, Bishop of Tunis (TUNIS)
To talk about Middle East/Maghreb relations does not mean to speak about Eastern;/Western relations. The Maghreb countries are also a part of the  
Intervention of Mons. Antonios Aziz MINA, Bishop of Guizeh of the Copts (EGYPT)
Episcopal elections
This intervention of mine is not aimed at asking for a change in the current norms, but rather that of finding a way that might
Intervention of Card. Angelo SODANO, Dean of the College of Cardinals (VATICAN CITY)
A first requirement
Turning our gaze now to the actual Assembly, I would like to say immediately that I fully agree with what is written in our "
Intervention of Mons. Kyrillos WILLIAM, Bishop of Assiut, Lycopolis of the Copts (EGYPT)
The liturgy, according to the Instrumentum Laboris, is a deeply rooted feature of Eastern culture, thus one cannot lessen its strength in order to  
Report of Mons. John Atcherley DEW, President of the "Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania" (F.C.B.C.O.), for Oceania
Geographically, Oceania could not be further from the Middle East, and yet the links between our two regions are strong.
I represent the Federation
At the opening of the First General Congregation this morning, Monday 11 October 2010, after the brief reading of the Hour of Terce, the Holy Father  
Most Holy Father,
Your Eminences, Beatitudes and Excellencies,
Fraternal Delegates of the Sister Churches and Ecclesial Communities,
Dear Experts and
Holy Father,
Your Eminences and Excellencies,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

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