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At Sunday audience, Pope asks prayers for Middle East Synod

Catholic World News - October 11, 2010

At his Angelus audience on October 11, Pope Benedict XVI asked for prayers for the success of the Middle East Synod, which he had formally opened with a Eucharistic liturgy that Sunday morning.

The Synod, the Pope said, would highlight the diversity of the Church in the Middle East, where several of the Eastern Catholic churches are heavily represented. Thus the Synod discussions will remind the whole Church of “the richness of her ancient traditions.”

The Pope acknowledged the difficulties facing Christians in the Middle East, and tensions in a region “unfortunately marked by profound divisions and lacerated by years-long conflicts.” In this context, he said, the work of the Church—both as a force for reconciliation among peoples and as an evangelical presence—“becomes more necessary and urgent.”

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