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Final session mulls Synod's propositions for Middle East
The synod of bishops for the Middle East held its last session Friday, with Pope Benedict XVI presiding over the final general congregation before Saturday's vote on the Synod’s draft propositions. Once agreed, the 41 points will be given to the Pope as suggestions for use in his post-synodal   
Apostolic Vicar of Gulf: let's listen to lay faithful!
Women religious and lay people this week addressed the assembly of Bishops gathered in the Vatican for the Synod for Middle Eastern Churches. Speaking at a Vatican press briefing Tuesday, the Apostolic Vicar in the Arabian Peninsula, Bishop Paul Hinder spoke of the importance he gives to the voice   
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 weeks the situation of the Church and Christian communities in the region . But as the synod draws to a close, what were the gathering's recurrent themes,   
The synod in Hebrew
For the first time ever, Vatican Radio is producing a webpage in Hebrew with up-to-date information about the ongoing Special Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. The work of Hana Bendcowsky - who is responsible for that webpage - is to make quite sure "that the Israeli public" be correctly and   
Prayerful, Practical Support on Synod sidelines
Among the many events organised on the sidelines of the Synod on the Middle East this past week was a meeting of the so-called ‘Coordination of Bishops from Europe and North America in support of Catholics in the Holy Land’. Bishop William Kenny is auxiliary of Birmingham in central England and   
Moving Beyond the Myths in Interfaith Relations
Attentive listening to the hopes and concerns of other Christians and people of other faiths in the Middle East is one of the most important features of the Synod of Bishops which is moving towards its conclusion on Sunday. Over these last few days, participants are hammering out a list of   
Mainstream Media Struggles to Find Synod Story
The Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East is into its second week, with the synod fathers continuing their small group sessions.

Chris Altieri spoke with the Rome correspondent for the UK’s Catholic Herald newspaper, Edward Pentin about how the synod organizers are handling
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 communities in the region, how do Christians themselves live out their faith in their homeland and what are they hoping will emerge from the synod? For an   
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 poetry at the English Department of the University of Bagdhad. She's currently in Rome as one of the women auditors at the Synod of Bishops for the   
“Historical Responsibilities”
The Anglican representative to the Middle East Synod, Bishop Michael Langrish, told the gathering on Friday the Church of England is committed to helping the UK government, society and media “to more fully understand and face up to the consequences of foreign policy decisions of the past 100   
Muslim representatives address Synod
On Thursday afternoon two Muslim representatives addressed the Synod of Bishops outlining their vision of greater respect and understanding between Christianity and Islam in the Middle East. Sunni Professor Mohammad Al-Sammak from Lebanon and Iranian Ayatollah Sayed Mohaghegh Ahmadabadi   
Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, is Custos, or Custodian, of the Holy Places in the Holy Land. His address, this week, to participants at the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops touched on the work the Franciscans do in the region and on his belief that being a   
A welcome guest
One thing that has been made very clear ever since its presentation, is that the ongoing Special Assembly for the Middle East for the Synod of Bishops, is that Middle East, apart from Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories is also sixteen other States, including, of course, Lebanon. Thus, this   
Don't Let Politics Undermine Catholic-Jewish Progress
Political tensions and conflict in the Middle East should not be allowed to undermine the extraordinary progress that has been made in relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people since the Second Vatican Council. That appeal was at the heart of an address to Catholic bishops   
Reporting the Synod: telling the story of profound crisis and terrific opportunity
John Allen is senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and senior Vatican analyst for the cable news network CNN.

He is in Rome to cover the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, and he came to our studios between sessions to speak with us about the about prevailing
Fr David Neuhaus on Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Israel
From a linguistic perspective, the synod of bishops on the Middle East marks the first time that Arabic has been used as one of the four official working languages for the two week meeting here in the Vatican. It’s also the first time that information in Hebrew will be made available through our   
Iraq’s Christians look to Rome and the West
Inaugurating the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East Churches Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the Christian Diaspora from the region, today found in many Western countries, such as Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. He urged them to actively support their original communities in the Holy   
Bishop Shomali on staying with conviction in the Holy Land
“The Catholic Church in the Middle East: communion and Witness” that’s the theme of a two week synod of bishops which gets underway here in the Vatican on Sunday. Over 300 church leaders, religious and lay experts have begun gathering for the opening Mass which takes place in St Peter’s   
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 Beatitude Fouad Twal, tells Tracey McClure how it all came about, and reflects on some of the key issues he is called to deal with...

"...the idea of the
A truth which is not charitable is a charity which is not true
A special Assembly of the Synod dedicated to the Middle East is due to take place in the Vatican Synod Hall from the 10th to the 24th of October 2010. The decision to hold the meeting was in response to the desire expressed for quite some time by the Eastern Catholic Church. Participants include   

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