The Synod of the Bishops for the Middle East : The close of the Synod

Source: FSSPX News

The first Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, held at the Vatican from October 10-24, was a meeting of representatives from the seven Eastern Catholic Churches on the topic: The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. “Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul(Acts 4:32).

The close of the Synod

On October 23rd, during the meal closing the Synod for the Middle East, Benedict XVI described the two weeks of work as the “polyphony of one faith”, showing “the world the wealth of diversities” of seven Churches, with their different rites “but united by the one faith in Jesus Christ.” In “this blessed land” of the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity, the Faith is not “closed in on itself, but rather open to ecumenical dialogue and to dialogue with Muslims and Jews,” judged the Pope in front of the Synod Fathers in the atrium of the Paul VI Auditorium.

On October 25th, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, intervened on the Vatican Radio. The two Muslim authorities invited to speak were “very surprised at the liberty of expression during the Synod,” he confided. The Cardinal, however, judged it surprising that the Iranian ayatollah denied in front of the Pope the existence of difficulties in the relations between Christians and Muslims in Islamic countries, particularly in Iran.

The prelate expressed the wish that this Synod would “bring Christians living in this part of the world to the understanding that God has planted them there for them to flourish.” The Christians there are in their own country, they are not applying for asylum, he continued. “The Middle East is a land where Christians find their roots, and it is normal that they live and grow there.” (Sources: apic/imedia/kna/VIS – DICI issue number 224, October 30th, 2010)

Special Synod of the Bishops for the Middle East :

An ayatollah at the Synod
Presentation of the Synod
Opening of the Synod
Report from Rabbi David Rosen
Intervention of the Shiite ayatollah Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad
A Lebanese bishop vigorously denounces the Koran
The final message of the Synod Fathers
The synod’s final propositions