Sometimes, newspaper headlines just don’t give the full picture.

That simple truth is what spurred the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land to initiate an event on Wednesday evening dedicated to explaining the intricacies of the two-week meeting of Middle East bishops in October, called by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the plight of Christians in the Middle East amid a major exodus of the faithful from the region.

Most of the Israeli media paid attention primarily to the remarks of Monsignor Cyril Salim Bustros, Greek Melkite archbishop of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Boston, Massachusetts, and president of the “Commission for the Message,” who, at the final press conference of the synod, said that “The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands.”

He also said, “We Christians cannot speak of the ‘promised land’ as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ.

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