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Synod submits 44 propositions to Pontiff

Catholic World News - October 25, 2010

The deliberations of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East concluded on Saturday, October 23, with the approval of 44 propositions that will be presented to Pope Benedict XVI.

These 44 propositions will be the basis for an apostolic exhortation in which the Pope summarizes the work of the Synod. At the Pontiff’s request, the full list of propositions was made public.

The propositions put forward by the Synod fathers naturally reflect the Synod’s final message. Among the noteworthy specific points added to that message, the Synod approved propositions that said:

At the final working meeting, the Synod fathers also elected a council of 11 prelates to monitor the implementation of the Synod’s recommendations. The council includes three patriarchs from the Middle East and two cardinals from the Vatican; 8 are bishops of Eastern-rite Catholic churches. The members are:

  1. Coptic Catholic Patriarch Antonios Naguib of Alexandria, Egypt;
  2. Retired Latin-rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem;
  3. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan of Antioch, Lebanon;
  4. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches
  5. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue;
  6. Melkite Catholic Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros of the Eparchy of Newton, Massachusetts;
  7. Armenian Catholic Archbishop Boutros Marayati of Aleppo, Syria;
  8. Maronite Catholic Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus;
  9. Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo SJ of Aleppo, Syria;
  10. Maronite Catholic Bishop Bechara Rai O.M.M. of Jbeil, , Lebanon; and
  11. Chaldean Catholic Bishop Shlemon Warduni, an auxiliary of Babylonia, Iraq

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