» 06/21/2012, 00.00
VATICAN - MIDEAST
Reconciliation should end violence that could engulf entire region, says pope
Benedict XVI makes a new plea, calling on the international community to assume its responsibilities. He addressed participants at the meeting of the 'Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches' (ROACO).
City (AsiaNews) - In a new, poignant plea about Syria, Benedict XVI called for
an end to the "bloodshed and violence, that only bring pain and death, may
cease and give way to reconciliation, harmony and peace. Every effort should be
made, including by the international community, to bring Syria out of the
present situation of violence and crisis, which has already lasted a long time
and risks becoming a wider conflict that would have highly negative consequences
for the country and the whole region. I also issue an urgent and heartfelt
appeal, in view of the extreme need of the population, that the necessary
humanitarian assistance be guaranteed, and extended to the many persons who
have been forced to leave their homes, some of them becoming refugees in
neighbouring countries. The precious gift of human life must always be
pope, who spoke at today's meeting of
the 'Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches' (ROACO), said "that the
Holy Land and the other Eastern regions" should "receive material and spiritual
support, in an ordered and just way, so as to meet the demands of their
ordinary ecclesial life and other special needs."
his address to ROACO, the pontiff noted, "The present economic and social
situation, all the more sensitive on account of its global dimensions,
continues to create problems in economically developed areas of the world, and,
more seriously, spills over into less affluent regions, seriously compromising
their present and their future. The East, the motherland of ancient Christian
traditions, is especially affected by this process, which engenders uncertainty
and instability that also has an impact on the Church and in the ecumenical and
interreligious fields. These factors tend to reopen the endemic wounds of
history and they have a damaging effect on dialogue and peaceful cohabitation
among peoples. They also weaken authentic respect for human rights, especially
the right to personal and community religious freedom. This right should be
guaranteed in its public profession, not only in terms of worship, but also in
relation to the pastoral, educational, charitable and social activities that
are indispensable for its effective exercise."
Benedict XVI reiterated his "closeness to the sufferings of our brothers and
sisters in Syria, especially innocent children and the defenceless. May our
prayer, our commitment and our active brotherhood in Christ, as an oil of
consolation, help them not to lose sight of the light of hope in this moment of
Mary, Mother of God "watch over the coming journey which, God willing, I will
make to Lebanon for the solemn closing of the Special Assembly for the Middle
East of the Synod of Bishops."
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In his address to the participants of the ROACO assembly, Benedict XVI speaks of his closeness to and solidarity with Eastern Catholic Churches and of the “signs of hope” that are visible in the Holy Land.
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