Christianity has its roots in the Middle East, but in that region today, Christians often find themselves an embattled minority for a variety of reasons. Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops from October 10 to 24, 2010, in Rome.
At this synod, bishops from the seven Catholic Churches in the Middle East (six Eastern Rite and the Latin Rite) as well as bishops from other parts of the world will meet together. To learn more about challenges facing Christians in the Middle East, the Catholic Churches in the region, and what the synod hopes to accomplish, the USCCB Office of International Justice and Peace has prepared a webpage devoted to “Christians in the Middle East.” Visit www.usccb.org/sdwp/international/mideast-christians.shtml to get more information.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East and for the success of the Middle East synod, and work to support the Christians of the Middle East through advocacy and action.