Pope Benedict's impact on the Middle East and North Africa

By Press Office
February 20, 2013

In his latest podcast, Middle East analyst and Ekklesia associate, in conversation with James Abbott from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, reacts to the news of Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign on 28 February 2013.

In particular, Dr Hagopian, who will also be appearing on a Premier Radio News Hour panel discussion on the subject next week, to coincide with the resignation, looks at Benedict's impact on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

He examines:
* Pope Benedict's dialogue with the Jews, Muslims and Christians of the region
* His Apostolic Journeys to the Holy Land and Lebanon, and
* The Bishops' Synod on the Middle East and the document Ecclesia in Medio Oriente.

You can listen to or download the full podcast here (23 minutes, 10.4mb): http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/content/download/33328/243225/file/mena-p...

There is also a 2 minute Audio Boo excerpt here: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1222432-benedict-xvi-and-mena

See also the article 'What kind of pope? Benedict XVI and beyond' on Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/18047


Harry Hagopian is an international lawyer, ecumenist and EU political consultant. He also acts as a Middle East and inter-faith advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as Middle East consultant to ACEP (Christians in Politics) in Paris. He is an Ekklesia associate and regular contributor (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/HarryHagopian). Formerly an Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches, he is now an international fellow, Sorbonne III University, Paris, consultant to the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (UK), Ecumenical consultant to the Primate of Armenian Church in UK & Ireland, and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. Dr Hagopian’s own website is www.epektasis.net Follow him on Twitter here: @harryhagopian

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