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Continue to work for peace, harmony, dialogue; for the good of the Church and that of all citizens. With these words, the Pope encouraged the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church, whom he received in audience at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI also referred to the plight of victims of violence affecting Christian communities in some parts of India and encouraged the bishops to continue to work with people of good will of all religions in the area. As for the life of the Church, the Pope said there are encouraging signs of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, and commended the quality of Catholic education and catechesis.