Though a few weeks have passed since Pope Benedict’s visit to the Middle East in the midst of the violent demonstrations, the weight and wisdom of the words remain. The Pope proclaimed the document “Ecclesia en Medio Oriente” in Lebanon during his visit and below a few of the highlights. One central theme of course was reconciliation and peace of course. Reconciliation, which as a theological approach informs a rich Catholic response to environmental problems. The Pope emphasized how the Church itself becomes a sacrament of this reconciliation which God brings. And in this sense, a fruit of reconciliation is peace (and here), which in its deep sense means the restoration of holiness:

9. For the sacred Scriptures, peace is not simply a pact or a treaty which ensures a tranquil life, nor can its definition be reduced to the mere absence of war. According to its Hebrew…

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