» 12/11/2006, 00.00
Saint Paul’s sarcophagus found
The Apostle’s tomb is discovered during excavations in the basilica near the vestiges of the ancient Constantinian building. Now the Pope will decide whether it will be open for public viewing or not.
Pope: Christian unity requires "all of our energy and efforts", but prayer above all
At the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Benedict XVI recalls that this event has existed for one hundred years, and that for 40 years meditations and prayers for this appointment have been prepared together with the World Council of Churches. In this bimillennial Pauline year, the effort for unity takes on special significance.
Unity needed to announced the Gospel to a world marked by religious indifference, Pope says
Benedict XVI closes the week of prayer for Christian unity citing the example of Saint Paul, witness of Jesus until his death. Evangelising “is not a task for the few, nor is it a side-line activity in the life of the Church”. He remembers the Edinburgh conference.
Follow Saint Paul in one’s passion for Christ and the Gospel, says Pope
Benedict XVI sums up the positive results of the Pauline Year which comes to an end tonight. Saint Paul is also a model for priests in this Year for Priests which just began. The Pontiff greets the parish priest and the faithful from Latakiyah (Syria). Tonight the Pontiff will preside over Vespers in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, together with representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession
"Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions. We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts. Who reconciles differences".
Pope: Every Christian must ask himself how he responds to the love of Jesus
This morning Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter's, at the altar is the tomb of John Paul II. We must ask ourselves if we are like Saint Paul, for whom "no one can separate me from the love of Christ " or like “unfaithful" Jerusalem "unwilling to be loved”.
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