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Franco Pisano / inviato
Pope speaks of Shoah, peace and two states for two peoples on arrival in Israel
Benedict XVI has immediately faced the hot issues of this visit. From anti-Semitism which “continues to rear its ugly head in many parts of the world” to the request for a “just solution” to the conflict, and that all pilgrims to the Holy Sites have free access without restrictions.
24/06/2011 VATICAN-MIDDLE EAST
Pope urges “every possible form of mediation" for the Middle East and North Africa
Assistance to those fleeing, support to maintain the Christian presence in the region, so they can live as fellow citizens and not as foreigners, recognizing their equal dignity and real freedom.
Pope: Israelis and Palestinians must stop the violence in the Holy Land
At the Angelus, Benedict XVI also recalls the kidnapping of Archbishop Rahho. This morning, among the young people at the Centro San Lorenzo, commenting on the resurrection of Lazarus, the pope spoke of the hope and faith that the gesture of Jesus is intended to produce, today as then.
19/01/2010 VATICAN-MIDDLE EAST
Churches of the Middle East: witnesses of Jesus in a world with more shadows than lights
The working document of the Synod for the Middle East outlines the situation of Christians in the region and their future prospects. Life in Muslim countries as non-citizens, and while political Islam is growing. The need for ecumenical dialogue. The difficulties of Christians living in Arab countries and relations with the Jewish world.
12/05/2008 VATICAN - ISRAEL
Pope: peace and security in the Holy Land for Jews, Palestinians, and Christians
Receiving the new Israeli ambassador, Benedict XVI speaks of the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state, and asks that Palestinians be given the freedom to manage their legitimate affairs. Preoccupation over the emigration of Christians, and the hope for a rapid conclusion of negotiations on the status of the Catholic Church.
02/08/2006 VATICAN - MIDDLE EAST
"Heart full of sorrow", pope urges prayer and effective action in Middle East
At a special audience for ministrants, Benedict XVI condemned the massacre in Qana and the "spilling of innocent blood from whichever part it comes". He called on 35,000 altar servers to be "witnesses" of nearness to Jesus, and to heed calls to the priesthood.
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