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Pope: Church in the Middle East, an instrument of reconcilia

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In the countries of the Middle East, "unfortunately, marked by deep divisions and torn by long-standing conflicts, the Church is called to be sign and instrument of unity and reconciliation, along the lines of the first community of Jerusalem in which the multitude of those who had become believers had one heart and one mind". Quoting the motto of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, Benedict XVI spoke to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus prayer. Recalling that the synodal assembly, which opened today will continue for two weeks at the Vatican, the Pope stressed that Christians in the Middle East have the difficult task of bearing witness, since t ...