Vatican Meeting Demands Israel End Occupation

Bishops also condemn all forms of terrorism and anti-Semitism in statement.

Bishops from the Middle East who were summoned by the pope to Rome have demanded that Israel accept U.N. resolutions calling for an end to its occupation of Arab lands.

Pope Benedict XVI- AP- Oct. 10, 2010

In a final statement Saturday, the bishops also told Israel it shouldn't use the Bible to justify injustices against the Palestinians.

The bishops issued the statement at the close of their two-week meeting, called by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the plight of Christians in the Middle East amid a major exodus of the faithful from the birthplace of Christianity.

In their statement, bishops condemned all forms of terrorism and anti-Semitism and said they hoped Jerusalem would one day acquire its proper status as a place holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims.