Comments on: Vatican synod to mull Middle East Christian exodus Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Msaleeb Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:47:04 +0000 As an Egyptian Christian, I am drawn to this post as I see the desperate need for visibility of Middle Eastern Christians. Too often I am met with the assumption that I am Islamic due to my ethnicity. This post provides hope for the transformation of the image of the Arab world. I appreciate your acknowledgement of how the political tensions play a significant role on the religious tensions. With an overwhelming number of Muslim leaders in government, little attention is given to the Christian community. There are countless crimes against Christianity in the region that must be mended by officials. With a powerful head such as Pope Benedict leading the synod, the world is finally taking notice to this issue that is constantly ignored. However, I find myself skeptical of the results due to the synod’s brevity. The Catholic National Reporter cited that the logic for the brevity is that due to “the rather complex situation in the Middle East, we do not want to keep the shepherds from their flocks for too long.” I find this to be a weak explanation. In fact, many of the issues that must be attended to can be solved by the continuing effort of the synod.

Although you state the religious goals of the synod in the Middle East, I see the synod doing more for the image of the region above solving religious issues. Western media rarely defies this image of Islamic fanatics. Fortunately, this synod displays the diversity of the region and expels the unfortunate Islamaphobia that plagues the Western world. With the recent numbers displayed in your post, is the disappearance of Christianity a possibility? Is there potential an increase in Christians due to the modernization of the Arab world? Or is this too far-fetched? Overall, I thank you for providing the world with the facts that Christians do in fact exist in the Middle East. I am excited to see what comes out of the synod and will keep up with this blog to provide me insight into a world I am immersed in daily. Thank you.