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Pope: There may be something Catholic, even outside the Catholic Church
Christians should not be jealous of the good that is done outside of the Catholic Church. Instead, the good that is done by the various ecclesial realities within the Church should be respected and appreciated. Using wealth "in solidarity and for the common good, ensuring equality and morality, at all levels." Appeal for refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tomorrow the Pope returns to the Vatican.
Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) -
"Just as one can find that which is not Catholic in the Catholic Church -
that is, in the Church -, one can also find something that may be Catholic outside
of the Catholic Church ": this quote from St. Augustine (On Baptism, Against
the Donatists: PL 43 ,
VII, 39, 77) was at the center of reflection that Benedict XVI offered to
pilgrims gathered today in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo during the
Pope - as he often does - was referring to the episode narrated in the Gospel
of the Sunday Mass (Mark 9: 39-41): "a man, who was not the followers of
Jesus had cast out demons in his name. The Apostle
John, young and zealous, wants to stop him, but Jesus will not allow him. "
"Jesus - continues the pope
- is inspired by the opportunity to teach his disciples that God can bring
about good and even miraculous things, even outside of their circle, and that
one can cooperate with the Kingdom of God in several ways, even by offering a
simple glass of water to a missionary (v. 41). "
Benedict XVI underlined the "ecumenical" teaching of Jesus in our
time: "Church members should not feel jealous, but rejoice if someone from
outside the community do good in the name of Christ, provided this is done with
right intention and with respect ". At
the same time, he insisted that often jealousy and the desire to block the
action of someone also exist within the Church: "Even within the Church
itself - he added - it can sometimes happen that one can have difficulty in
appreciating and recognizing, in a spirit of profound communion, the good
things done by the various ecclesial realities. Instead we should all be able
to always appreciate and respect each other, praising the Lord for the infinite
'fantasy' with which he acts in the Church and
in the world. "
The pope also commented on the
second reading of today's Mass, taken from the Letter of St. James, which
concerns "the invective... against the dishonest rich, who put their trust
in the riches accumulated by dint of abuse" (cf. Jas 5.1 to 6).
words of the Apostle James - said the pope - while they warn against the vain
desire for material goods, are also a powerful call to use them in the
perspective of solidarity and the common good, always acting with fairness and
morality, at all levels ".
After the Marian prayer, Benedict
XVI launched an appeal for the situation in Congo-Kinshasa, an African country
with a large Catholic community, characterized by abundant natural resources,
but also highly unstable in political and ethnic terms. In
a series of recent developments, the UN has accused Rwanda of supporting guerrilla
groups within the borders of Congo. "I
follow with affection and concern - said the pope - the situation of the people
in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in these days the object
of a high-level meeting at the United Nations. I am particularly close
to refugees, to the women and children, who because of persistent armed clashes
undergo suffering, violence and deep distress. I invoke God, for peace paths of
dialogue, protection for these innocent people so that peace, based
on justice, may soon be restored and for the restoration of fraternal coexistence
for this sorely tried population, as well as the entire region. "
pope also bid farewell to the faithful at Castel Gandolfo, because tomorrow he
returns to take up residency in the Vatican.
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