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Extrats from the Preparatory Document    
SPEECH OF THE ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANCO FRATTINI, ON THE OCCASION OF THE CONFERENCE AT THE CAMPIDOGLIO
The speech of the Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, on the occasion of the Conference at the Campidoglio “Middle East Christian Witness at  
CONFERENCE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AT THE CAMPIDOGLIO
A delegation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops attended the conference entitled “Middle East. Christian witness for  
DELEGATION OF SYNODAL FATHERS IN VISIT TO THE ITALIAN EMBASSY TO THE HOLY SEE
A delegation from the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops was received in the late morning of Monday, 18 October 2010 at the  
Synod Fathers Reflect on First Week of Deliberations, Look Forward to Second
The Post-Discussion Report summarizing the main issues discussed over the past week by bishops attending the Synod for the Churches of the Middle  
Intervention of Mons. Emmanuel DABBAGHIAN, Archbishop of Babylon of the Armenians (IRAQ)
I ask that you consider all the problems of the Middle East as “signs of the times” wished for and allowed by the Lord. The Lord said: And yet not  
Intervention of Mons. Mansour HOBEIKA, Bishop of Zahlé of the Maronites (LEBANON)
The focus of my intervention is on purely practical questions, in view of practical solutions, as our faithful are hoping for.
Since Christians have
  
Intervention of Mons. Yasser AYYASH, Archbishop of Petra and Philadelphia in Arabia of the Greek-Melkites (JORDAN)
First of all we express our most sincere gratitude to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, who has brought us together in this special Synod on the  
Intervention of Mrs. Anan J. LEWIS, Professor of Victorian and Modern English Poetry, English Department, University of Baghdad (IRAQ), auditor
Speaking as a consecrated virgin (Ordo Virginum) in Iraq, university professor and director of the youth in the Latin Church, representing the lay  
Intervention of Mr. Husam J. WAHHAB, President, Catholic Action of Bethlehem (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES), auditor
As a Christian witness in the Holy Land, I see that the Christian presence in the Holy Land is essential and gives life to the holy places. With this  
Intervention of Mr. Anton R. ASFAR, Council Member of the Syriac-Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem (ISRAEL), auditor
To be a Christian living in the Middle East is a great honor, a vocation and a witness of the presence of Christ for all Christians. God gave us the  
Intervention of Mr. Hanna ALMASSO, Member of the National Team of Leaders of the J.O.C. Dubai (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES), auditor
Allow me to take you back in time to look at the work and history of the hoped to be Doctor of the Church, Cardinal Joseph Cardijn. He successfully  
Intervention of Mr. Tanios CHAHWAN, Member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, President of the National Council for the Laity in Lebanon (LEBANON), auditor
The formulation of modernity in the Arab Muslim world represents a problem at the same time tragic and complex: tragic because this formulation is  
Intervention of Mons. Thomas OSMAN, Bishop of Barentu (ERITREA)
We too live in an extremely difficult situation because of a complex interweaving of problems and environmental, economic and political emergencies.  
Intervention of Mons. Joseph KHOURY, Bishop of Saint-Maron de Montréal of the Maronites (CANADA)
The Eparchy of Saint Maroun of Canada wishes, first of all, to express its thanks to His Holiness Benedict XVI for his solicitude towards Eastern  
Intervention of Mrs. Pilar LARA ALÉN, President of the "Fundación Promoción Social de la Cultura" (SPAIN), auditor
During my first visit to Lebanon in 1992, I realized what the situation of the country and of Christians was and I told His Exc. Mons. Alvaro del  
Intervention of Prof. Sobhy MAKHOUL, General Secretary, Catholic Maronite Exarchate of Jerusalem, the Territories of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan (ISRAEL), auditor
I discovered that Christianity is first of all a religion but rather the historical coming, singular and unrepeatable, of the Incarnation of the Word  
Intervention of Rev. Raymond MOUSSALLI, Protosyncellus of the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans (JORDAN)
We are a part of the history and of the culture of this Middle Eastern region, and if we should be forced to abandon it we will lose our identity  
Intervention of Mons. Paul-Emile SAADÉ, Bishop of Batroun of the Maronites (LEBANON)
INTRODUCTION
One of the biggest problems facing Christians in Lebanon and in Middle Eastern countries is displacement. It can be summarized in its
  
Intervention of Mons. Issam John DARWICH, Bishop of Saint Michael's of Sydney of the Greek-Melkites (AUSTRALIA)
This intervention has two parts:
In the first part, I will talk about my Church in Australia and in the second about my Church in the Arab countries.
I
  
Iraqi Poetry Professor at Synod
Her surname Lewis is a give away in Iraq , making her visible as a Christian. She's Professor Anan Lewis and she teaches Victorian and modern  
WELCOME SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC TO A DELEGATION OF SYNODAL FATHERS VISITING THE QUIRINAL PALACE
Here below is the complete text of the impromptu welcome speech by the Italian Head of State,
the Honorable Giorgio Napolitano during the visit to
  
Intervention of Mons. Elie Béchara HADDAD, Archbishop of Saïda of the Greek-Melkites (LEBANON)
The sale of Christian land in Lebanon is becoming a dangerous phenomenon. It threatens the Christian presence to the point of reducing it to a  
Intervention of Mons. Paul HINDER, Apostolic Vicar of Arabia (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
The two Vicariates of the Arabian Peninsula, comprising Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, have no native Christians. The 3  
Intervention of Mons. Béchara RAÏ, Bishop of Jbeil of the Maronites (LEBANON)
We can read in no. 34 of the Instrumentum laboris: “In Lebanon, Christians are deeply divided at the political and confessional level and are lacking  
Custodian
Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, is Custos, or Custodian, of the Holy Places in the Holy Land. His address, this week, to participants at  
Intervention of Mons. Bosco PUTHUR, Titular Bishop of Foratiana, Curia Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro -Malabars (INDIA)
First of all, the Major Archbishop, the Synod of Bishops, the Priests, the Religious and the Faithful of the Syro Malabar Church are grateful to the  
Intervention of Mons. Basile Georges CASMOUSSA, Archbishop of Mossul of the Syrians (IRAQ)
In our Middle Eastern countries, we are small minorities, ravaged considerably by the following factors:
1. Galloping emigration, where Christians
  
Intervention of Gregorios III LAHAM, Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites, Archbishop of Damascus of the Greek-Melkites (SYRIA)
Peace, conviviality and the Christian presence in the Arab world are tied in an existential and solid way. The Christian presence in the Arab world  
Intervention of Mons. Youssef BÉCHARA, Archbishop of Antelias of the Maronites (LEBANON)
My intervention refers to no.25 and 39 of the Instrumentum Laboris where the issue is positive laicism. Further on in no. 109, it has been stated  
Synod: Holy Land must not become open-air museum
Work continued behind closed doors on the third day of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. Wednesday morning saw the first session of the  
GREETING BY THE PRESIDENT-DELEGATE, CARD LEONARDO SANDRI, PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE ORIENTAL CHURCHES (VATICAN CITY)
Most Holy Father,
We give thanks to God, together with Your Holiness, for the communion with the Successor of Peter which makes us feel like the
  

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