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Pope: conflicts in the Church can be solved through "discussion and prayer," not idle chat, envy and jealousy"
"Problems are not solved by pretending they do not exist." The apostles chose men capable of providing charity, "not because they were business experts, but because they were honest men of good reputation, filled with the Holy Spirit."
(AsiaNews) - Conflicts that exist in the Church are solved through "discussion,
scrutiny and prayer," not through "idle chat, envy and jealousy," Pope Francis
said as he commented, before the Regina Caeli, the passage in the Acts of the Apostles
in today's readings that refers to "the first tensions and the first
disagreements" that emerged in the early Church, pointing out that "problems
are not solved by pretending they do not exist," but through discussion
and dialogue because "in life, there are conflicts," and "the problem is how to face them."
a crowd of some 80,000 people that gathered in St Peter's Square for the
recitation of the Marian prayer, the pope spoke about what happened when the early
Christian community, "favoured by being members of a single, Jewish ethnic
group and culture [. . .] opened itself to the Greek cultural world" and" lost
its homogeneity and experienced its first difficulties. As the winds of discontent
rose, complaints were heard, and rumours of favouritism and unfair treatment
started to fly. Things that occur in our own parishes. Community help for the disadvantaged
- widows, orphans and more generally the poor - seemed to have favoured Jewish Christians
with such a conflict, the Apostles took matters in their own hands. They called
a meeting, open to their disciples as well, and they all discussed the issue
together. Everyone. Problems are not solved by pretending they do not
exist! An open discussion between pastors and the other faithful is great. This
way they came to a division of tasks."
made a proposal that everyone accepted: they would devote themselves to prayer
and to ministering the Word, whilst seven men, the deacons, would serve in the soup
"The seven were
not chosen because they were business experts, but because they were honest men
of good reputation, filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Their service came
into being through the Apostles laying their hands upon them. Hence, out of discontent
and favouritism came a solution.
the Church are solved through discussion and prayer with the certainty that idle
chat, envy and jealousy can never bring harmony and peace. When we let the Holy
Spirit guide us, it leads us to harmony. No idle chat, no envy, no jealousy. Do
Virgin Mary," he concluded, "help us be docile vis-à-vis the Holy Spirit so
that we may regard each other with esteem and converge more and more deeply in
faith and charity, keeping an open heart to the needs of our brothers."
recitation of the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis spoke about "Bishop Anton
Durcovici, martyr of the faith, who was beatified yesterday in Iaşi, Romania. A
zealous and courageous pastor, he was persecuted by the Communist regime in
Romania and died in prison in 1951. He died of hunger and thirst. Together with
the faithful of Iaşi and all Romania, let us give thanks to God."
The pope also
called on the faithful to pray for "our brothers and sisters" who are
suffering from the "serious floods that have devastated large parts of the
Balkans, especially in Serbia and Bosnia."
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