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Paus Benedictus XVI - Postsynodale Apostolische Exhortatie
Ecclesia in Medio Oriente
De Kerk in het Midden-Oosten - Naar aanleiding van de Bisschoppensynode over het Midden-Oosten
(14 september 2012)
makes it possible to rethink the present in order to look to the future with the eyes of Christ. By its biblical and pastoral orientation, its invitation to deeper spiritual and ecclesiological reflection, its call for liturgical and catechetical renewal, and its summons to dialogue, the Exhortation points out a path for rediscovering what is essential: being a follower of Christ even in difficult and sometimes painful situations which may lead to the temptation to ignore or to forget the exaltation of the cross. It is here and now that we are called to celebrate the victory of love over hate, forgiveness over revenge, service over domination, humility over pride, and unity over division. In the light of today’s Feast, and in view of a fruitful application of the Exhortation, I urge all of you to fear not, to stand firm in truth and in purity of faith. This is the language of the cross, exalted and glorious! This is the “folly” of the cross: a folly capable of changing our sufferings into a declaration of love for God and mercy for our neighbour; a folly capable of transforming those who suffer because of their faith and identity into vessels of clay ready to be filled to overflowing by divine gifts more precious than gold (cf. 2 Cor 4:7-18). This is more than simply picturesque language: it is a pressing appeal to act concretely in a way which configures us ever more fully to Christ, in a way which helps the different Churches to reflect the beauty of the first community of believers (cf. Acts 2:41-47: Part Two of the Exhortation); in a way like that of the Emperor Constantine, who could bear witness and bring Christians forth from discrimination to enable them openly and freely to live their faith in Christ crucified, dead and risen for the salvation of all.

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Naam: BIJ HET ONDERTEKENEN VAN DE APOSTOLISCHE EXHORTATIE VOOR HET MIDDEN-OOSTEN
St. Paulus basiliek, Harissa (bij Beiroet, Libanon)
Soort: Paus Benedictus XVI - Toespraak
Auteur: Paus Benedictus XVI
Datum: 14 september 2012
Copyrights: © 2012, Radio Vaticana
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Bewerkt: 7 november 2019

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