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(from ONE magazine March 2010)

Rome Meeting
Posted: 18 Mar 2010

Senior staff members of CNEWA-Pontifical Mission held a special meeting in Rome on 18 January to discuss what role the agency will play in preparation for the upcoming Middle East synod called by Pope Benedict XVI. Scheduled for October, the synod marks the first time the Holy Father will bring together Middle East bishops and superiors to address the issues and concerns of the region’s dwindling Christian communities.

Following the meeting, the group participated in the semiannual meeting of Catholic donor agencies convoked by the Congregation for the Eastern Churches. Msgr. Robert Stern, CNEWA’s secretary general, presented an in-depth report on the status of Eritrea’s Catholic and Orthodox churches.