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Tuesday, February 8, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 8 FEB 2011 (VIS) - The second meeting of the Special Council for the Middle East of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops took place in the Vatican on 20 and 21 January.

  A communique made public today explains that the meeting was presided by Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, and that, among other things, participants examined the synodal documents with a view to the preparation of the final document, the Pope's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation.

  "The closing message and the other documents of the Synod - which was held in the Vatican in October 2010 - have been diffused and in some cases translated to promote conferences, study and debate among clergy, religious and lay people", says the communique. "The message has also been sent to political figures. In Syria, an international congress was held on the current state of Muslim-Christian relations, especially in Arab countries. In Jerusalem too a meeting of Christians and Jews was organised by the Jerusalem Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations and by the Inter-religious Co-ordinating Council, in order to promote more objective information about the synodal assembly. Ecumenical meetings and sessions of Muslim-Christian dialogue have been held, with considerable participation also by Orthodox. We now await with interest the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation.

  "The contributions made by individual participants revealed that the general socio-political situation in the various countries of the Middle East remains tense", the communique adds. "Christian communities, especially in areas most affected by violence, need material and moral support, and have the right to exercise their right to freedom of worship and religion. Respect for Christian communities helps to eradicate any hotbeds of anti-Christian sentiment in the Middle East, to halt the emigration of Christians from that region, which is their native land, and to favour the common good".

  The next meeting of the council will take place on 30 and 31 March.
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1 comment:

  1. There is only one way to advertise the anti-christian attitude of all Islamic majority communities is to ensure that wherever these people are in free democratic countries and make demands for all types of rights,is to make them sign declarations that they agree these are denied to non muslims in their own home countries and they believe in the principle of "reciprocation"which means that their demands are subject to their home governments accepting the principle and changing their laws accordingly Till then they should be asked to rather agitate for change in attitude displayed by their home islamic governments and this gets linked.Their demands thus get linked to subject to reciprocative principles, which maeans they cannot demand something not allowed to citizens just because they are not muslims, in their home nations..


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