» 06/29/2012, 00.00
Pope: Saints Peter and Paul shine not only in the sky of Rome
At the Angelus, Benedict XVI emphasizes the universal and ecumenical value of the feast day. The rite of the pallium, bestowed on 44 metropolitan archbishops, "highlights the intimate communion of pastors with the Successor of Peter and the deep bond that ties us to the apostolic tradition." In honour of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the pope quoted a phrase of the Eastern Liturgy.
Pope: Peter and Paul, following Jesus to arrive at new brotherhood
Benedict XVI celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul in an "ecumenical spirit". Present the delegation of the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Westminster Abbey choir (Anglican). The drama of Peter (and the papacy) for " the tension that exists between the gift that comes from the Lord and human capacities". The "power of the keys" and of "binding and loosing" is " power to remit sins… which defuses the powers of chaos and evil." Paul’s "good fight" is not that " of a military commander but that of a herald of the Word of God, faithful to Christ and to his Church, to which he gave himself completely." Pallium bestowed on 44 metropolitan archbishops, including several from Asia.
Pope: communion with Peter, guarantee of freedom for the bishops and the faithful
It serves to protect the churches from interference by local, national and international powers, and to ensure all full adherence to the truth, the authentic tradition. The "greatest damage" to the Church is not persecution, but "what pollutes the Christian faith and life of its members and its communities."
Pope: like Peter and Paul, let us be conquered by Christ
In today's Angelus, Francis noted that today is a day of celebration for the Church of Rome and the universal Church. The Church of Peter and Paul "has become, immediately, spontaneously, the reference point for all the churches around the world. Not for the power of the Empire, but for the strength of martyrdom, the testimony of Christ." He greeted the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and said a Hail Mary with those present. He also mentioned the Church of Central Africa.
Pope: Increase opportunities for meetings and collaboration between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople
On the eve of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis meets a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in a tradition that has lasted for 47 years. The collaboration on the encyclical "Laudato sì" and the importance of theological dialogue to integrate synodality and primacy. The message of Bartholomew I.
Christian unity requires study, reflection and mutual openness, pope says
In receiving a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in Rome for the feast day of Sts Peter and Paul, Benedict XVI highlighted the tasks of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue. In his message, Bartholomew spoke about the ardour with which the heads of the two Churches seek full unity.
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