23 May 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 04/13/2005, 00.00

    TURKEY – VATICAN

    Turkey, an ecumenical and inter-religious gesture for John Paul II

    Mavi Zambak

    Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims hang the deceased pope's image in their homes

    Antioch (AsiaNews) – Dozens of citizens of Antioch have expressed their condolences for the passing of John Paul II by visiting the Catholic church in the city, showing their sorrow for the pope's death. "We are close in sorrow," is the now familiar refrain, coupled with the knowledge that now the "Holy Father" rests in the Light of God.

     Among those to come forward was the head of Jewish community, dressed in mourning; protestant pastors, American and Korean, Orthodox "abuna" (priests), alowiti religious as well as representatives of civil and diplomatic authorities, and a number of local politicians.

     The emotion, solidarity and participation of so many people were surprising. As the eight days of mourning – prescribed in oriental culture – passed, visits of condolence slowly waned. Local newspaper cuttings – full of photos and news about the death and funeral of the pope – were found in the book for mourners' signatures. Never has a pope attracted so much attention in Turkey: throughout the nation, flags were flying at half-mast.

     On 8 April, the Christian community came together for a time of prayer for the repose of the soul of the pope, to coincide with the funeral in St Peter's square. Together with the parish priest Fr Domenico Bertogli, and the little brother of Charles de Foucould, Frenchman Fr Francois, were three Greek Orthodox "abuna" (priests), as well as the Jewish rabbi and the head of the Jewish community in Antioch, the mufti of the city and protestant pastors. Among the authorities present were the prefect, the city mayor and the local university rector.

     There were also hundreds of people who did not hesitate to take leave from their jobs or from school, or to close shop in the middle of a working day, to testify to the fact that they took seriously the pope's dream: "Living in peace in a reconciled Mid-East."

     In a mosaic of different languages and choral invocations, God was called on in Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, each in his way united in one voice, thanking God for the gift of John Paul II and invoking him, so that through his example, there may always be dialogue and respect for each and every human being, based on the essence of existence of each man.

     In memory of this meeting, historic for the city, several people of Antioch – Catholic, Orthodox, Muslims – hung in their homes the image of the pope, printed for the occasion.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    09/04/2005 ASIA - VATICAN
    Prayers and mourning for Pope's funeral throughout Asia


    06/04/2005 KAZAKHSTAN – TRAVELS IN ASIA – LIST
    Kazakhstan: After 9/11, the pope embraces Muslims and condemns terrorism


    08/04/2005 VATICAN
    Wojtyła's death and the promising seed


    08/04/2005 vatican
    Rome prepares for the funeral of John Paul II


    13/04/2005 vatican
    John Paul II's tomb opens to pilgrims

    More than 1000 people already in line this morning.





    Editor's choices

    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®