Christians in Middle East remain in tense situations, Synod council reports
February 08, 2011
At a Vatican meeting to follow up on the work of last year’s special Synod for the Middle East, participants reported that “the general socio-political situation in the various countries of the Middle East remains tense.”
The special council for the Middle East Synod concluded a meeting with a call for religious freedom for the Christians in the region. Respectful treatment of Christians, the group noted, would serve the common good and slow the flight of Christian emigrants from the region.
Meeting under the direction of Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, the special council reviewed efforts to publicize the work of the October 2010 Synod meeting, and pointed with satisfaction to conferences that have been held in Syria and Israel to discuss the Synod’s conclusions. The work of the Synod on the Middle East will be completed with the publication of an apostolic exhortation by Pope Benedict, summarizing the discussion.