The question of compatibility of Christian and military values was top of the agenda at the world's first Military Synod, which is being conducted this week in Rome by Italy's military diocese.
    Military Bishop Giuseppe Mani spoke of the military's opportunity to exercise charity: "Not only can one be a military person and a Christian, but a military man and a saint... At present, concrete examples are provided by Albania, Bosnia and Macedonia. Also, in hastening to give aid to the Kosovo refugees. But charity is also expressed in action by clearing camps of mines with bare hands; or patrolling Sarajevo, which is armed to the teeth, to impede the different factions from shooting at one another. It is all a great exercise in charity. "
    The Synod is the culmination of a process of reflection, exchange and prayer which involves 1600 delegates, including military chaplains, representatives of the different divisions of the Italian Armed Forces and their families, to include a total of one million persons.

9:52am 5/5/99 / Zenit


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