Loading
Benedict XVI sees “positive signs” for reconciliation in Holy Land
Benedict XVI sees “positive signs” for reconciliation in Holy Land

.- Pope Benedict XVI addressed the question of peace in the Holy Land today and said  “certain positive signs” in the last few months give hope that “the day of reconciliation between the various communities that work in the Holy Land will not be long in coming.”

Emphasizing that “all Christians have an unforgettable debt with Jerusalem and the Holy Land,” the Holy Father stated that “certain positive signs we have received over the last few months strengthen our hope that the day of reconciliation between the various communities that work in the Holy Land will not be long in coming, and to this end we do not cease to pray with faith."

Therefore, said the Pope while speaking 70 participants in the annual meeting of ROACO (Reunion of Organizations for Aid to the Oriental Churches), “to this end we do not cease to pray with faith."

The ROACO has spent the last few days examining the situation of the Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine and the formation of students from the Oriental Catholic Churches. In his remarks, Pope Benedict said that in the face of the prevailing culture of individualism "it is more than ever necessary that Christians offer a testimony of a solidarity that crosses all frontiers, in order to build a world in which everyone feels welcomed and respected.”

The Holy Father thanked ROACO for its help "to our needy brethren, and especially for your efforts aimed at giving tangible form to the charity that binds Christians of the Latin tradition and those of the Oriental tradition. To intensify such ties is to render a precious service to the universal Church,” he said.

Referring to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, "whose continuous evolution following the sad winter of the Communist regime is a cause for joy and hope," the Holy Father said: "Support her ecclesial journey and favor everything that promotes reconciliation and fraternity among Christians of the beloved Ukraine."

The Pope also pointed out how the presence of 500 students from the Oriental Catholic Churches "represents a valuable opportunity." At the same time care must be taken to protect "the formative institutions in the Oriental Churches themselves. Alongside material assistance, encouragement must be given to formative activities which, on the one hand, intensify genuine local tradition while giving due consideration to the organic progress of the Oriental Churches and, on the other, lead to the authentic 'aggiornamento' proposed by Vatican Council II."


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
23

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »

Saint
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: