Loading
Holy Father's visit to Cyprus will promote peace, asserts nuncio
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The Apostolic Nuncio to Cyprus, Archbishop Antonio Franco, said Pope Benedict XVI is visiting the country as “a missionary following the steps of St. Paul and Barnabas” and will promote "a new effort to bring to a positive conclusion the peace process and reunification of the island.”

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, the nuncio said the situation in the Middle East is of great concern to the Holy Father. “Cyprus represents, in miniature, the problems of the region: the co-existence of different religions, the relationship with Islam and territorial issues.”

From the ecumenical point of view, the nuncio said there is much hope that Pope Benedict’s visit will advance relations with the Orthodox, who are the religious majority on the island. “Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostom II has already expressed his satisfaction more than once,” and “he has repeatedly sought to understand the profound meaning of this trip which, while motivated not only by ecumenical reasons, will certainly bear fruit for the future development of dialogue.”

Archbishop Franco also referred to the enthusiastic expectations of Catholics ready to welcome the Pope: “Let’s be clear, this is a small community” of only 25,000 people from 12 parishes. “I think that thanks to the positive attitude of his Beatitude Chrysostom II, many Orthodox will also be present at the events with the Pope.”  The nuncio also underscored that Catholics and Orthodox have been working together to give the Pope “a decent reception.”

“The wait is very lively ... All are hoping that his visit brings an air of peace and a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation,” the nuncio concluded.

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?)

Featured Videos

Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
Sep
30

Liturgical Calendar

September 30, 2014

Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 9:51-56

Gospel
Date
09/30/14
09/29/14
09/28/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Job 3: 1-3, 11-17, 20-23
Gospel:: Lk 9: 51-56

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
09/30/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 9:51-56

Homily
Date
09/30/14
09/29/14
09/28/14