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Unity among Christians for peace in the Middle East

· The Pope to the International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches ·

Christians in the Middle East “face painful trials and difficulties which are a source of deep concern to us all”. They must work together “in mutual acceptance and trust” to serve the cause of peace and justice in fidelity. The Pope said this, on Friday morning, 25 January, to the members of the International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, who were received in the Hall of the Popes. Speaking about the Commission's work, Benedict XVI recognized the progress made and expressed his “hope that relations between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches will continue to develop in a fraternal spirit of cooperation, particularly through the growth of a theological dialogue capable of helping all the Lord’s followers to grow in communion and to bear witness before the world to the saving truth of the Gospel”. The Pope wished that the courageous testimony of Christ may “sustain and strengthen all of us in meeting the challenges of the present with confidence and hope”.

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