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Published On: Wed, Apr 25th, 2018

Pope invites Mideast religious leader for peace summit

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Araweelo News Network

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on April 25, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Roma(ANN)-Pope Francis has invited leaders of all Christian denominations in the Middle East to join him in Italy in July to discuss how they can help bring peace to the region, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

The meeting will take place on July 7 in the southern Adriatic port city of Bari, chosen because it is home to the relics of St. Nicholas, a figure venerated in both the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.

Nicholas, who lived about 1,700 years ago in what is today Turkey, is particularly honored by Christian Orthodox Churches in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon in the Middle East.

Nicholas is also widely venerated among Orthodox Christians in Russia, which is Syria’s ally in the war.

The Vatican said the encounter would be an “ecumenical meeting for peace” where the religious leaders would discuss “the dramatic situation of the Middle East that afflicts so many brothers and sisters in the faith.”

(Source: Reuters)

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