Pope urges support for Mideast Christians
Benedict's remarks on Saturday underscored a key theme of his three-day pilgrimage to Cyprus that the Vatican views as a crossroads between Europe and the Middle East.
Orthodox Christian Archbishop Chrysostomos II, Benedict said the continuing conflict in the Middle East "must be a source of concern to all of Christ's followers."
War and harsh economic conditions have led to the exodus of thousands of Christians from the Holy Land, Iraq and elsewhere in recent years.
The pope said Catholics play an important role in cooperating with other religions in "praying and working together for peace."