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9: The Catholic Church getting directly involved in the “Road to Peace” process.
IRAQ: POPE, CONTINUE ALONG THE ROAD OF
Vatican, Nov 12 - Pope Benedict XVI has today said, "May Iraq continue
along the road towards reconciliation and peace". He wished to say "some
words of strong encouragement to all the Iraqi communities and
Giving an audience to the Chaldean patriarch, Emmanuel delly, and the
participants of the Special Synod of Chaldean Bishops, the Pope pointed
out that "accompanying words of solidarity is the assurance of our
commemoration in prayer, so that your beloved country, despite being in
its current difficult situation, knows not to lose hope and to continue
along the road towards reconciliation and peace". And for this reason he
asked the Chaldean bishops to "continue in your pastoral duty and in
your ministry of hope for the entire Iraqi nation.
The Pontiff continued, "In this your stay in Rome, you have celebrated a
Special Synod, during which you brought to term a revision of the texts
of the Divine Liturgy in the Syrian-Oriental rites, preparing a reform
that should lead to a new rush of devotion in your communities".
He added, "This work has meant years of study and some not always easy
decisions, but it has been a period during which the Chaldean Church has
been able to reflect more deeply on the great gift that is the
In his speech, Pope Benedict XVI referred also to the draft copy of the
Particular Laaw, another theme dear to the Chaldean Synod. He concluded,
"A fitting canonical discipline is needed so that the ordained can
undertake the mission entrusted to them by Christ". (AGI) -