The Catholic Church in the Middle East:
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22 - 22.10.2010
Yesterday, Thursday 21 October 2010, in the morning and in the afternoon, the Working Groups continued their meetings. 162 Fathers were present in the Fifth Session and 149 in the Sixth Session.
The last phase of the Working Groups' work ended with the approval by each Working Group of the collective amendments, by absolute majority, which were given by the Relators of the Working Groups to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Thursday 21 October 2010, in the evening.
This morning, the Relator General, the Special Secretary and the Relators of the Working Groups proceeded to the study of collective amendments of the Propositions.
Today, Friday 22 October 2010, at 4.30 pm., with the prayer of Adsumus, the Thirteenth General Congregation began, for the presentation of the Message to the People of God of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops.
The acting President Delegate H. Em. Card. Leonardo SANDRI, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches (VATICAN CITY).
At this General Congregation, which ended at 5:45 p.m. with the prayer of Angelus Domini, 160 Fathers were present.
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) read in French the Message of the Special Assembly for Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, written in 4 language versions (English, Arabic, French and Italian). The Message was approved by the Synodal Fathers.
The text will be published in the next Bulletin N.23.
Then, no Synodal Father having gotten the absolute majority as required in the first ballot, a second ballot took place for the Special Council for the Middle East of the General Secretariate of the Synod of Bishops. This too was an electronic vote. The Commission will be formed of 8 elected Synodal Fathers, with an additional 3 Members by Pontifical Nomination.
Tomorrow, Saturday 23 October 2010, His Holiness Benedict XVI invited the Synod Fathers and the Participants of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, to a luncheon at 1:00 p.m. at the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, as a sign of common joy at the conclusion of the intense days of Synodal work.
It will be the new Catholic-inspired Media Citadel of the Middle East. It will be born on the initiative of Tele Lumiere and its corresponding satellite NourSat, important realities in Lebanese television. This new editorial structure will have within it the two audiovisual media giants of the Church in the Middle East, three radio stations, one newspaper, a magazine and a variety of information portals on the internet. The ceremony of placing the foundation stone took place on October 1, 2008, in the presence of the Eastern Patriarchs. The site of this new complex, donated by the Maronite Church, covers an area of 27 square kilometers.
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