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Catholic meeting to discuss Middle East Christians

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Catholic meeting to discuss Middle East Christians

An unprecedented Vatican Synod of Bishops will be held in Vatican City from October 10 to 24. One hundred and seventy-two Catholic bishops from Islamic countries, 14 Roman Curia officials, 14 non-Catholic Christians and 30 academic experts will attend the Synod to discuss the future of thinning Catholic communities in the Middle East. The Catholic Church has consistantly pointed to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the factor behind the unrest in the Middle East but increasingly blames the rise of political Islam as well. In an encouraging sign, Pope Benedict XVI and the Synod attendees will hear a speech by Rabbi David Rosen, an adviser to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and inter-religious affairs director for the American Jewish Committee.

 

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