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Intervention of H. Exc. Barnaba EL SORYANY, Bishop of the Coptic-Orthodox Diocese of Saint George Roma (ITALY), Fraternal Delegate
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate, entrusted me with the mission to attend the Synod as his representative, and to express his warm gratitude to His Holiness for extending an invitation to   
A delegation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops attended the conference entitled “Middle East. Christian witness for peace” which was held Tuesday, 19 October, 2010 in the Campidoglio. The meeting was sponsored by   
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 Italian Embassy to the Holy See. Ambassador Antonio Zanardi Landi welcomed to Palazzo Borromeo: the   
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   
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   
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   
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   
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   
Gregory Nazianzus: born in Cappadocia
We present Saint Gregory Nazianzus , one of the four great Greek doctors of the
Universal Church known as the theologian or the Divine , and the third of the Three Holy Hierarchs of the Byzantines .A programme written by Jill Bevilacqua 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,   
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
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   
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 East was read out to the assembly Monday morning. The bishops continued their work in the afternoon, in   
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 events in collaboration with the Synod of Bishops, Vatican Radio, the Italian Ministry of Foreign   
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   
“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   
Synod: bishops warn of campaign to drive Christianity from Iraq
Ecumenical and interreligious dialogue were the focus Friday morning during the 8th General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. Pope Benedict XVI was present for the session which saw interventions from auditors and special   
Basil the Great: Bishop of Caesarea
We bring you a sound portrait of Saint Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea and Confessor and Doctor of the Church. The grandson of a martyr he was named great during his lifetime for his various activities as Bishop , preacher and talent for   
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   
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   
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 general congregation was held in the presence of the Pope and touched on themes of equality of rights and   
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   
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   
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 smaller Working Groups. The general debate resumes in the afternoon, with the intervention of Rabbi David   
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 the presence of Pope Benedict XVI, and said dialogue is needed for peace and stability in Iraq.   
Preparatory Document, cap. I, n. 24-25-28
(...) People need to remember that Christians are “indigenous citizens” and thereby are entitled to be a part to the fabric of society and identify themselves with their respective homelands. Their disappearance would impoverish the pluralism which has

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BENEDICT XVI: ANGELUS DOMINI of Sunday, 24 October 2010
At the conclusion of the solemn Eucharistic Concelebration in St. Peter’s Basilica, before the Recital of the Angelus Domini in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father said:

Dear brothers
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. Nikola Eterović, presented the Pope with the   
Pope Benedict XVI: Homily at Mass for the Conclusion of the Middle East Synod
Venerable Brothers,
Illustrious Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear brothers and sisters,
Two weeks on from the opening Celebration, we are gathered once again on the Lord’s day, at the Altar of the Confession in St.
Intervention of Mons. Mounged EL-HACHEM, Titular Archbishop of Darn, Apostolic Nuncio (LEBANON), “IN SCRIPTIS”
The Koran contains verses which prescribe tolerance, especially with regard to Christians. The first Caliphs and provincial leaders appealed to Christians to help them in governing. But it is   
Intervention of Mons. Flavien Joseph MELKI, Titular Bishop of Dara of the Syrians, Curia Bishop of Antioch of the Syrians (LEBANON), “IN SCRIPTIS”
Paragraph 25 of the Instrumentum laboris calls on the Middle Eastern Christians to put everything into practice, together with the moderate and illuminated Muslims, to be able to establish in the   
Intervention of Mons. Raboula Antoine BEYLOUNI, Titular Archbishop of Mardin of the Syrians, Curia Bishop of Antioch of the Syrians (LEBANON), “IN SCRIPTIS”
For several years in Lebanon we have had a national committee for Islamic-Christian dialogue. There was also an episcopal commission from the Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon   
Intervention of Mons. Antonio Maria VEGLIÒ, Titular Archbishop of Eclano, President of the Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (VATICAN CITY), “IN SCRIPTIS”
In recent decades, Christians, and especially young people in many countries of the Middle East, have left their homeland in droves. It is under the eyes of all, as a result, that Christians in the   
Intervention of Card. Lubomyr HUSAR, Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč (UKRAINE), “IN SCRIPTIS”
I intend to intervene on two topics that, among numerous others, are present in the Instrumentum laboris and that constitute elements that require close attention, in my opinion, and constant concern   
Intervention of H. G. Munib YOUNAN, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and The Holy Land, President of the World Lutheran Federation (ISRAEL), Fraternal Delegate
[Ephesians 4:1-6 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one   
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 sister Church, all his wishes for a positive outcome,   
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 Christ, who has kindly invited us to participate in the
The speech of the Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, on the occasion of the Conference at the Campidoglio “Middle East Christian Witness at the Service of Peace” on 19 October 2010 is   
The provisional, off-the-record and unofficial English version is published below:


Propositio 1
Documentation Presented to the Supreme Pontiff

The synod fathers present to the Supreme Pontiff for
During the Fourteenth General Congregation held on Friday 22th October 2010, the Synod Fathers approved the Nuntius, the Message to the People of God, at the conclusion of the Special Assembly for   
At the closing of the General Congregation, the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, H. Exc. Mons. Nikola ETEROVIČ, announced that the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has given to the Synod   
The Holy Father wished to gift the Synod Fathers and the other Participants of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops the commemorative medal from the Apostolic Visit to   
BENEDICT XVI: ANGELUS of Sunday, 10 October

St Peter's Square
Sunday, 10 October 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have just come from St Peter's Basilica where I presided at the opening Mass for the Special
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 a fraternal meal (Agape) between the Synodal
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 the Relators of the small groups (“Circoli   

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