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    » 10/02/2010, 00.00

    IRAQ

    Synod for the Middle East: fasting and prayer in Kirkuk



    Promoted by the archbishop of Kirkuk, the initiative will involve all the faithful of the archdiocese until the eve of the Synod Assembly to be held in Rome October 10 to 24.

    Kirkuk (AsiaNews) - The archbishop of Kirkuk, Mgr. Louis Sako is inviting the faithful of his archdiocese to pray and fast for the successful outcome of the Synod of the Churches of the Middle East to be held in Rome, October 10 to 24. Today and tomorrow all masses in the churches of the archdiocese will be dedicated to the Synod. Instead the fast will be held on October 9, the eve of the event.

    In his request, the Archbishop stresses that "the Synod is very important for the Catholic Church in the Middle East and a unique opportunity of communion and solidarity among Christians, so they are not limited to mere survival, but instead become witnesses and a living presence. "

    "Let us pray - he continues - that this Synod will bring hope and comfort to all Christians and is a privileged moment of conversion, witness and faithfulness to Christ."

    The Christians of the Middle East are an important component in a region plagued by wars, terrorism and political instability of Muslim countries, which in recent years have endangered the very survival of the churches in the Middle East. Born of a request from local bishops, the Synod will analyze issues such as immigration, religious freedom, ecumenism and unity among Christians, as witnesses to the message of Christ in the Islamic and Jewish world.

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    19/01/2010 VATICAN-MIDDLE EAST
    Churches of the Middle East: witnesses of Jesus in a world with more shadows than lights
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    14/09/2011 MIDDLE EAST - ITALY
    The Christians of the Near East and Islamist ideology
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    04/06/2010 IRAQ
    Synod for Middle East Churches: the common commitment of Iraqi Catholics and Orthodox
    From May 26 to 27, priests and bishops of the Eastern Churches met in Sulaymaniyah in Kurdistan to discuss the common challenges of Catholics and Orthodox in view of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. Main theme of the meeting, the exodus of Christians that affects both communities and is ignored by the West.

    14/01/2010 VATICAN - MIDDLE EAST
    Synod of Middle East Churches: mission and a return to dialogue
    According to the Archbishop of Kirkuk (Iraq), one of the main driving forces behind the Synod, to save the Christian presence in the Muslim Middle East, a renewal of the identity of the original Church is needed: not as a cultural and "ethnic" group, but a mature adhesion to the faith. We need more unity among Christians, divided into countless groups and traditions. And a mature dialogue with Islamic communities, showing them the important contribution of Christians in the past and present history of Arab culture.



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