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Intervention of Archimandrite Chrysostomos KYKKOTIS (CYPRUS), Fraternal Delegate
Text read by Rev. Dr. Demosthenis Demosthenous (Cyprus)
We warmly thank His Holiness the Pope of Rome, Benedict XVI, our most beloved Brother in
Intervention of Sister Clauda Achaya NADDAF, Superior of the Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (SYRIA), auditor
Half of the population of the earth are women. Almost half of these women are the victims of violence and exploitation, and live in
Intervention of Mons. Athanase Matti Shaba MATOKA, Archbishop of Babylon of the Syrians (IRAQ)
Iraq, land of Mesopotamia, land of civilizations, where Abraham was born, where Ur, Babel, and Niniveh are, land of holy scripture, land of faith and  

Many people want to hear something about Iraq that
Intervention of Mr. Epiphan Bernard Z. SABELLA, Associate Professor of Sociology, Bethlehem University (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES), auditor
The model of the 12 disciples of Jesus who went out to preach the good news should be our model in the Churches of the Middle East. Their "plan of  
Intervention of Card. Jean-Louis TAURAN, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (VATICAN CITY)
The Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops represents a chance and a challenge!
A chance, because it should lead to better
Intervention of H. B. Mar Gewargis SLIWA, Metropolitan of Baghdad and Iraq (IRAQ)
I am glad to bring to you the greetings and prayers of our Patriarch His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV.
All the Christians in the Middle East and especially
Intervention of Mons. Ruggero FRANCESCHINI, President of the Episcopal Conference of Turkey (TURKEY)
Mons. Ruggero FRANCESCHINI, Archbishop of Izmir, Apostolic Administrator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia, President of the Episcopal  
Intervention of Mons. Edmond FARHAT, Titular Archbishop of Byblus, Apostolic Nuncio (LEBANON)
Apart from the fact that in the Middle East we are not a “small residue” even if the word is Biblical, this conclusion is very encouraging. We are  
Intervention of Mons. Thomas MERAM, Archbishop of Urmyā of the Chaldeans, Bishop of Salmas, Shapour of the Chaldeans (IRAN)
Holy father benedict XVI, my brother Bishops,
First of all, I would like to present my thanks and my gratitude for all those who prepared this
Intervention of Mons. Fares MAAKAROUN, Archbishop of Nossa Senhora do Paraíso em São Paulo of the Greek-Melkites (BRAZIL)
If we read the signs of the times, in the light of the Word of God, we will see that the salvation is to go back to what our Church was in its  
Intervention of Mons. Thomas Christopher COLLINS, Archbishop of Toronto (CANADA)
In modern as in ancient times, Christians in the Middle East face tribulation, for they are a vulnerable minority. Such a status does not give a  
Synod: Middle East has a right to Hope
The Middle East has the right to hope: this is the unanimous voice of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. On Thursday morning the sixth  
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 Mons. Elias CHACOUR, Archbishop of Akka, Acre, Ptolemaid of the Greek-Melkites (ISRAEL)
They decided to survive and to continue their very special mission, following the orders of their Compatriot, the Man from Galilee, Jesus from  
Synod turns attention to Iraq
The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East drew attention to Iraq on Tuesday, demanding an end to the conflict.The Synod Fathers gave interventions in  
Reporting the Synod: telling the story of profound crisis and terrific opportunity
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Jerusalem: key to peace
Just days before the special Assembly of the Synod dedicated to the Middle East is due to open in the Vatican, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His  

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