At Synod With Mideast Bishops, Pope Condemns Terror Ideologies
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Pope Benedict XVI opened a two-week synod of Catholic bishops from the Middle East on Monday by condemning terrorist ideologies carried out in "God's name." In off-the-cuff remarks to the bishops and other religious leaders who convened for the synod, the pope said that these acts of violence have "nothing to do with God and instead everything to do with false gods that must be exposed." The aim of the synod, which ends Oct. 24, is to discuss problems faced by Christians living in the Middle East, where the Catholic Church's members have been dwindling because of war, and economic and social conflict. It also hopes to foster better communication between the Catholic churches there and Rome, as well as improve interreligious dialogue with Muslims and Jews.
First Published October 12, 2010 2:01 am