» 09/19/2012, 00.00
VATICAN - LEBANON
Pope: Christianity and Islam witnessing together against divisions, violence and wars
At the general audience, Benedict XVI retraces the steps of his visit to Lebanon. A "strongly desired" journey, a "providential opportunity for dialogue" in a region that sees dramas such as the "terrible conflict" in Syria. Christians are exhorted to "live the faith and to witness it without fear."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The world today needs clear
and strong sign of dialogue and cooperation" and " seems to me the
time has come for Christianity and Islam to give a united, sincere and decided testimony
against divisions, violence and wars.
his return from Lebanon, the
subject of his reflections to eight thousand people present at the general
audience at the Vatican,
Pope Benedict XVI repeated his call for dialogue and coexistence launched
several times over the weekend from the Land of the Cedars.
The journey from September 14
to 16 "was - the Pope said - a trip that I had strongly wanted, despite the
difficult circumstances, considering that a father should always be near his
children when they encounter grave problems. I was moved by a sincere desire to
announce the peace that the risen Lord gave to his disciples and summarized in
the words "My peace I give to you'".
"was a moving ecclesial event and, at the same time, a provident opportunity
for dialogue lived in a complex but emblematic country for the entire region,
because of its tradition of coexistence and fruitful cooperation between the
different religious and social components. In the face of the suffering and
tragedies that continue in that area of the Middle East,
I expressed my heartfelt closeness to the legitimate aspirations of those dear
people, bringing them a message of encouragement and peace. I am thinking in particular of the terrible
conflict that torments Syria, causing, in addition to thousands of deaths, a
stream of refugees that pours into the region desperately seeking security and a future;
neither have I forgotten the plight of Iraq ."
"main" aim of the visit was to give the Apostolic Exhortation
Ecclesia in Medio Oriente to the Churches of the region, " to
reach all the faithful of that dear land, to support them in their faith and
communion and encourage them on the path of the much hoped for new
the very first appointment of the first day was in fact the signing of the
document in the Greek-Catholic church of St. Paul in Harissa. " On
that occasion I invited Catholics in the Middle East
to fix their gaze on Christ Crucified to find the strength, even in difficult
and painful contexts, to celebrate the victory of love over hate, forgiveness
over revenge and unity over division. I assured them all that the universal
Church is closer than ever, with affection and prayer, to the Church in the Middle East: they, despite being a "little
flock", need not fear, knowing that the Lord is always with them. The Pope does not forget them".
Pope described the visit as "extraordinary days" lived "with
enthusiasm in a relaxed and constructive atmosphere", an "important
experience of mutual respect, understanding and brotherhood, which is a strong
sign of hope for all humanity."
was above all about his meeting with the Catholics of the region. On
the second day, in Bkerke, the residence of the Maronite Patriarch, " the
irrepressible enthusiasm of thousands of young people from Lebanon and
from neighboring countries."
encouraged them to be firm in their faith, trusting in Christ." " Seeing
young Christians and Muslims celebrate in great harmony, I encouraged them to
build together the future of Lebanon
and the Middle East and to oppose violence and
war. Harmony and reconciliation must be stronger than the forces of death" .
Mass on Sunday morning, with faithful from all over the Middle East, " I
urged everyone to live and to witness their faith without fear, knowing that
the vocation of the Christian and the Church is to bring the Gospel to all
without distinction, following the example of Jesus in a context marked by
bitter conflicts, I drew attention to the need to serve peace and justice by
becoming instruments of reconciliation and builders of communion".
hope - he concluded - that the messages of peace and respect
that I wanted to give, will help governments of the region to take decisive
steps towards peace and a better understanding of the relationship between
Christians and Muslims."
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