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Synod: CNEWA (Catholic News Service)
14 Oct 2010 – As the special synod for the Middle East confronts the situation of Christians in the Middle East, North American bishops, too, are part of the equation as they come to the aid of Middle East Christians in the United States and Canada.  Read more...
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Synod: Christians in Israel (Catholic News Service)
14 Oct 2010 – At a synod where the Israel-Palestinian conflict repeatedly was singled out as a source of problems for Christians throughout the Middle East, a rabbi from Israel told Catholic bishops that Israel is not solely responsible and that the attitude of some Catholics violates the church’s own teaching about Jews and Judaism.  Read more...
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Synod: Declining Christian Populations (Catholic News Service)
14 Oct 2010 – Concern, and even alarm, over the real threat of the disappearance of Christians from the Middle East was a recurrent theme at the Synod of Bishops focusing on the region.  Read more...
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Synod: Middle East Christians (Catholic News Service)
13 Oct 2010 – The survival of the Christian communities of the Middle East is threatened not only by violence and political repression, but also by the churches’ weakened sense of mission, failure to work ecumenically and loss of their traditional liturgical heritage, bishops told the special synod for the Middle East.  Read more...
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Synod Discusses Israeli Oath (Catholic News Service)
13 Oct 2010 – Asking Christians, Muslims and others who want to become Israeli citizens to pledge loyalty to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state” does not demonstrate democratic respect for full religious freedom, said a patriarch from Egypt and a bishop from Lebanon.   Read more...
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Threat of “False Gods” (Catholic News Service)
13 Oct 2010 – Before the speech-giving began at the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI offered participants an unusual reflection on the threat of “false gods” that beset the modern world.  Read more...
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Middle East Synod Begins (Catholic News Service)
13 Oct 2010 – In the face of tension and violence, Middle East Christians must work to defend freedom, democracy, peace and the human rights of each and every individual, said leaders of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East.  Read more...
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Middle East Synod Mass (Catholic News Service)
13 Oct 2010 – Pope Benedict XVI opened the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East with a strong call to support the minority Christian population in the region, and said peace and protection of human rights were essential conditions for the church’s survival there.   Read more...


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