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Bishops at the closing Mass of the Synod at St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Middle East bishops had a right to speak up for Palestinians at the Synod

Middle East patriarchs fight for peace

Representatives from churches in the Middle East attending the Synod have asked the international community to help Israel in achieving peace

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Muhammad al-Sammak, adviser to the chief mufti of Lebanon (Photo: CNS)

Muslim scholars address Synod of Bishops

Islam promotes respect for Christians and Jews, Muslim scholars tell Synod

The tower of a church and the minaret of a nearby mosque are seen in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Photo: CNS)

The timing of the Middle East Synod is unfortunate

Pope Benedict XVI warns participants at the Middle East Synod about the manifestation of new forms of slavery

Church leaders follow prayer books at the opening session of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (Photo: CNS)

Opening Synod statement said some countries in the Middle East limit freedom of religion and violate freedom of conscience

Pope Benedict XVI spoke at the opening session of the Middle East Synod (Photo: CNS)

At opening of Middle East Synod Pope Benedict warns of ‘false gods’ that beset the modern world, including terrorism and drug abuse

Hundreds of Church representatives from the Middle East will participate in the synod of bishops

The Special Assembly of Bishops for the Middle East begins today

From left to right: John Pontifex, Fr Samir Khalil Samir, Neville Kyrke-Smith, 
Margaret Reagan, Fr Richard Duffield, Peter Sefton-Williams, Fr Gregory Winterton

Problem of extremism examined

Vatican expert speaks on impact of extremism in the Middle East