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22 Oct 2010 – Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop Elias Chacour, Bishops William Shomali and Selim Sayegh, both of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and Father David Neuhaus, S.J., will meet with members of the press tomorrow, 22 October, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Istituto Maria SS. Bambina, Via Paulo VI, No. 21, which runs along the southern side of the Piazza S. Pietro.  Read more...
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Synod: Vicar for Arabia (Catholic News Service)
20 Oct 2010 – Up to half of the Catholics in the Middle East are migrant workers, mostly from the Philippines, who pack the few churches in the Arabian Peninsula each weekend and often turn to the church when their employers exploit or abuse them.  Read more...
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Synod: Iraq’s Christians (Catholic News Service)
20 Oct 2010 – Christians in postwar Iraq, already a tiny minority in the mostly Muslim country, continue to leave because of fear for their safety, and to a lesser extent, because of economic difficulties, Iraqi bishops said.  Read more...
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Synod: Women’s Rights (Catholic News Service)
20 Oct 2010 – The Catholic Church in the Middle East should be a leading example of respecting and promoting women in a region where their rights often are limited, a Maronite nun from Lebanon told the Synod of Bishops.  Read more...
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Synod: Ecumenism (Catholic News Service)
19 Oct 2010 – Orthodox delegates to the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East asked the Catholic Church to move quickly to institute a common date for Easter and to consider new ways for the pope to exercise his authority.  Read more...
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Synod: Pilgrimages to the Holy Land (Catholic News Service)
19 Oct 2010 – A fixed calendar of annual pilgrimages for bishops from around the world should be set to ensure that the Holy Land is constantly filled with pilgrims, Armenian Archbishop Emmanuel Dabbaghian of Baghdad proposed.  Read more...
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Synod: Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue (Catholic News Service)
19 Oct 2010 – Specific synod suggestions for a common Catholic-Orthodox celebration of Easter, wider authority for Eastern Catholic patriarchs — including participation in conclaves to elect a pope — and the need for local dialogue with Muslims and Jews were repeated in the midterm report of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East.  Read more...
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Synod: Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Catholic News Service)
19 Oct 2010 – Christians throughout the Middle East want to celebrate Easter on the same date, but the sometimes difficult system of sharing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem means coming to an agreement will not be easy, said the head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.  Read more...


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