Monday, June 7, 2010

Cyprus Trip Highlights

Pope Benedict XVI, center, waves from the entrance of an airplane as he prepares to depart Larnaca , Cyprus, Sunday, June 6, 2010. The Vatican said Sunday that the international community is ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and political instability in Lebanon have forced thousands to flee the region. (Daylife Photos-AP, Getty, Reuters)


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Paphos was an "optimal" place to begin Benedict XVI's visit to Cyprus, said a Vatican spokesman, because Paul and Barnabas arrived here on one of their first evangelization missions

Benedict XVI is underlining the need for respect for Christians in the Middle East, and is calling for increased international efforts to resolve conflict in that region

"As I invite my fellow Christians to continue this journey," the Holy Father stated, "I would assure them that the Catholic Church, with the Lord's grace, will herself pursue the goal of perfect unity in charity through an ever deepening appreciation of what Catholics and Orthodox hold dearest."

Summorum Pontificum has proven popular with the young. As Pope Benedict noted in its accompanying letter, the Traditional Latin Mass is old in origin but new in appeal: “young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction, and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Sacrifice particularly suited to them.

Presenting the working document for the special Synod of Bishops on the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for "just and lasting solutions" to the region's conflicts, which cause so much hardship.

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Numbering some five million faithful, about ten percent of the Ukrainian population, Greek Catholics follow Orthodox liturgical and spiritual traditions but have been in full union with Rome since the 16th century

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