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SYNODUS EPISCOPORUM
BULLETIN

SPECIAL ASSEMBLY
FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS
10-24 OCTOBER 2010

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)


This Bulletin is only a working instrument for the press.
Translations are not official.


English Edition

 

15 - 16.10.2010

SUMMARY

- TENTH GENERAL CONGREGATION (SATURDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2010 - MORNING)
- NINTH GENERAL CONGREGATION (FRIDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2010 - AFTERNOON) - CONTINUATION
- ERRATA CORRIGE

TENTH GENERAL CONGREGATION (SATURDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2010 - MORNING)

- PRESENTATION OF THE SCHEME OF THE MESSAGE
- DISCUSSION ON THE SCHEME OF THE MESSAGE
- SUFFRAGATIO PRO CONSILIO (I)

Today at 9:00, Saturday, 16 October 2010, optional memorial of St. Hedwig, Duchess of Silesia and Poland, religious, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin, with the chant of the Third Hour, the Tenth General Congregation began, for the presentation of the Scheme of the Message, for discussion on the Message and for the First Voting of the Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

The Acting President Delegate H.B. Ignace Youssef III YOUNAN, Patriarch of Antioch of Syrians (LEBANON).

At this General Congregation, which ended at 12.30 am with the prayer Angelus Domini, 162 Fathers were present.

PRESENTATION OF THE SCHEME OF THE MESSAGE

At the opening of the Tenth General Congregation intervened, the President of the Commission for the Message H. Exc. Mons. Cyrille Salim BUSTROS, S.M.S.P., Archbishop of Newton of the Greek-Melkites (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) and the Vice President H. Exc. Mons. William Hanna SHOMALI, Titular Bishop of Lydda, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem of the Latins (JERUSALEM) , for the reading in french of the draft of the Message (Nuntius), drawn in french and arabe.

At Synodal assemblies, it has been the practice to publish a Nuntius (Message) addressed to the People of God, particularly to the various categories of persons directly associated with the Synodís topic. Pastoral in nature, the Nuntiusí purpose is to encourage the People of God to respond faithfully to their proper vocation, and to praise them for the efforts already being made.

DISCUSSION ON THE SCHEME OF THE MESSAGE

Then, a discussion took place on the draft of the Message, presented by the President of the Commission for the preparation of the Message.

After noting the observations of the Assembly during the discussion in the Hall, the Commission for the Message prepares the definitive text which is later submitted to the Assembly for its approval. The definitive text of the Nuntius is published at the end of the synodís work and is reported in the different linguistic edition of the Synodus Episcoporum Bullettin.

SUFFRAGATIO PRO CONSILIO (I)

After the break, the first vote in electronic form took place for the election of the Members of the Special Council for the Middle East of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

In the same way as in the Ordinary General Assembly, at the end of the Special Assembly a Special Council of the General Secretariat is constituted. Like the Ordinary Councils, it is formed of Members elected by the Special Assembly, with added Members nominated by the Roman Pontiff.

The election of the Members takes place by secret ballot and becomes legally binding when, the void votes having been subtracted, an absolute majority of voters is in favor, or, after the first unresolved ballot, a relative majority is obtained at the second. If the votes are equal, C.I.C., can. 119, 1st applies.

The Members of the Special Council of the Secretary General hold office for a period of five years, at the end of which the Roman Pontiff will decide on the extension of the council and confirm this or the substitution of its Members.

The Council of the Secretary General will collaborate with Secretary General in giving advice for carrying out what has been proposed by the Synod and approved by the Roman Pontiff, and on other questions assigned to it by the Roman Pontiff.

The Members of the Council of the Secretary General are called together twice a year by the Secretary General as well as on any other occasion when, in the judgment of the Roman Pontiff, it is opportune.

NINTH GENERAL CONGREGATION (FRIDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2010 - AFTERNOON) - CONTINUATION

The following Synod Father intervened during the Second General Congregation:

- H.B. Em Card. Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of the Babylon of the Chaldeans (Iraq)

The summary of the intervention is published below:

- H.B. Em Card. Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of the Babylon of the Chaldeans (Iraq)

Many people want to hear something about Iraq that today occupies an important position in the Middle East, a position that is a little bit, if I say, exagerated: I sincerely thank all those who have spoken about Iraq in this hall and have shown their sympathy for this country that is the cradle of Christians and especially the cradle of the Chaldean Church, the Eastern Church in the Persian Empire, and as of today, 78% of Mesopotamian Christians are Chaldean Catholics. The population of this country, crossed by two famous rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, is 24 million, all Muslims, with whom we live peacefully and freely. In Baghdad alone, the capital of Iraq, Christians have 53 chapels and churches. The Chaldeans have more than seven dioceses in the country, the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church lives today in Baghdad.
Christians are good with their fellow Muslims and in Iraq there is mutual respect among them. Christian schools are highly thought of. Today people prefer to attend these schools directed by the Christian institutions, especially those run by the religious orders.
Despite all the political and religious situations, and emigration, we now have nearly one million Christians in Iraq out of 25 million Muslims. We have the freedom of religion in our Churches.
The Bishop or Priest, religious leader is listened to and respected by his fellow citizens.
We have our own seminary, and Chaldean monks and nuns and religious.

[00189-02.03] [IN125] [Original text: Italian]

ERRATA CORRIGE

The corrections published in the Errata Corrige in Bulletin No.8 can be found in the specific Bulletins published in these Internet pages.


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