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Pope sees "positive signs" for Holy Land


Pope Benedict XVI addressed the question of peace in the Holy Land yesterday and said "certain positive signs" in the last few months give hope that "the day of reconciliation between the various communities that work in the Holy Land will not be long in coming."

The Catholic News Agency reports that the pope emphasized that "all Christians have an unforgettable debt with Jerusalem and the Holy Land." The Holy Father stated that "certain positive signs we have received over the last few months strengthen our hope that the day of reconciliation between the various communities that work in the Holy Land will not be long in coming, and to this end we do not cease to pray with faith."

Therefore, said the Pope while speaking 70 participants in the annual meeting of ROACO (Reunion of Organizations for Aid to the Oriental Churches), "to this end we do not cease to pray with faith."

The ROACO has spent the last few days examining the situation of the Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine and the formation of students from the Oriental Catholic Churches. In his remarks, Pope Benedict said that in the face of the prevailing culture of individualism "it is more than ever necessary that Christians offer a testimony of a solidarity that crosses all frontiers, in order to build a world in which everyone feels welcomed and respected."

The Holy Father thanked ROACO for its help "to our needy brethren, and especially for your efforts aimed at giving tangible form to the charity that binds Christians of the Latin tradition and those of the Oriental tradition. To intensify such ties is to render a precious service to the universal Church," he said.


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Benedict XVI sees "positive signs" for reconciliation in Holy Land (Catholic News Agency 23/6/05)

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24 Jun 2005