facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Pope: Catholic mission is pastoral

Oct. 10, 2010 at 10:16 AM   |   Comments

ROME, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, said the Catholic Church should focus on its mission.

The focus of the Middle East Synod is pastoral, not political, the pope said in a mass Sunday at St. Peter's basilica in Rome, which was broadcast on Vatican Radio.

The Roman Catholic Church should "re-enliven communion of the Catholic Church in the Middle East," Benedict said.

The pope told congregants this "singular event demonstrates the interest of the whole church for that precious and beloved part of God's people who live in the Holy Land and the whole of the Middle East."

The synod's theme is "Communion and Witness," Vatican Radio said. "Without communion there can be no witness," Benedict said, reminding parishioners that communion is "a gift, not something which we ourselves must build through our own efforts," but one that requires conversion.

Among those attending the synod were Lebanese Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, and Iraqi Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans.

The Middle East assembly runs to Oct. 24, and drew 270 participants from the region, Vatican Radio said.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Madeleine McCann report finds authorities hindered investigation
2
Obama approval rating hits record low in blue California
3
At least 6 dead in Paris apartment explosion
4
Islamic State allegedly beheads second American journalist
5
Bronx man dies by self-decapitation
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback