» 05/20/2007, 00.00
Pope: stop the “tragic violence” in the Gaza Strip and against Israeli cities
Benedict XVI appeals to the Palestinian and Israeli authorities together with the international community to relaunch peace negotiations. The Church, familiy and society together in educating against the influence of the mass media which incites violence and vulgarizes sex. Heart felt thanks to God and and the faithful for his journey in Brazil.
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.
24/04/2007 VATICAN - PALESTINE
Holy See appreciates the commitment to re-launching the Middle East peace process
Benedict XVI has received the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. Apart from the peace process discussions also covered the issue of the difficulties faced by Catholic living in Palestine.
04/03/2010 PALESTINE – MIDDLE EAST
Four months for new talks to start between Israel and Palestine, says Arab League
League foreign ministers back plan to restart negotiations between the two sides, interrupted in December 2008 by Israel’s action in Gaza. Their support however is conditional on talks lasting four months; otherwise, the issue should go the United Nations Security Council. Israel and the Palestinian Authority welcome the initiative, waiting for the PLO to agree to the proposal.
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.
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.
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