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Every day I pray for the Christians of Iraq and the Middle East says Pope
Receiving the Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan, Benedict XVI expresses his particular “concern” for the spiritual life of the priests and says he is sure that the Year dedicated to them which begins today, will be a “fruitful opportunity for the entire church”.
25/06/2010 VATICAN-MIDDLE EAST
Pope: peace in the Middle East grows out of respect for human rights and religious freedom
Receiving the assembly of Roaco, Benedict XVI renewed his appeal to the leaders of nations to fight all forms of discrimination "in a concrete way". Christians in the region must seek, despite violence and difficulties, to remain "where they are born."
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.
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.
07/06/2010 CYPRUS-VATICAN-MIDDLE EAST
Benedict XVI in Cyprus: a significant step in the ecumenical journey
Confirmation of the belief that only through ecumenical dialogue, strongly backed by the Church of Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, can a response be given to the challenges of today.
06/06/2010 VATICAN-CYPRUS-MIDDLE EAST
Pope: Synod to reinforce solidarity among Christians of the Middle East
Benedict XVI delivers the Instrumentum Laboris to the synodal assembly. Memory of Msgr. Padovese. The international community must work to end conflicts in the region, rather than "lead to an increased shedding of blood." For Christians, artisans of reconciliation, both recognized the freedom of religion.
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