London, Oct 11: Pope Benedict XVI has delivered a prayer in Arabic for the first time as part of a new effort to show support for Christians living in the Middle East.
The Pope first delivered his own brief greeting in Arabic, then a priest translated his prayers.
“The pope prays for all the Arabic-speaking people. God bless you all,” the Pope said.
According to the Daily Mail, the Vatican said it was adding Arabic to the six languages, aside from the original Italian, typically spoken during the general audience, to remind Catholics to pray for peace in the Middle East.
The prayers are usually delivered in English, French, Spanish. German, Polish and Portuguese.
According to the paper, the Pope also praised the Second Vatican Council, which began 50 years ago this week and ran for three years, calling it a ‘compass’ for the Catholic Church ‘in the middle of the storms’.
The Council brought 2,250 bishops together and created 15 ‘constitutions’, which helped reform the Vatican. (ANI)