Francis to Turkey’s Christians: Divisions and disagreements must be overcome

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Francis to Turkey’s Christians: Divisions and disagreements must be overcome

By Iacopo Scaramuzzi

Pope Franci has celebrated the only public Mass scheduled for this visit to Turkey, in the presence of Patriarch Bartholomew. During the Mass, the Pope urged Christians: “Let us throw off our defensiveness” and our “entrenched” “ideas”

It is necessary to overcome “misunderstandings, divisions and disagreements” in order “to be a credible sign of unity and peace”. This was the message Pope Francis addressed to Turkish Christians during the first and only mass he will be celebrating on his three-day visit to Turkey. The mass celebration took place in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul. The Pope urged Christians to abandon attitudes of “defensiveness” and stop being “entrenched within [their] ideas”.

The Pope greeted representatives of other Christian religions who attended the mass: the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Syro-Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Younan, the Armenian Patriarchal General Vicar of Constantinople, Filuksinos Yusuf Cetina s well as representatives of some evangelical Churches, the President of the Turkish Catholic Bishops’ Conference Ruggero Franceschini and the Apostolic Vicar of Istanbul, Louis Pelatre.

The Holy Spirit “brings forth different charisms which at first glance, may seem to create disorder. Under his guidance, however, they constitute an immense richness, because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity, which is not the same thing as uniformity,” Francis said. “When we try to create diversity, but are closed within our own particular and exclusive ways of seeing things, we create division. When we try to create unity through our own human designs, we end up with uniformity and homogenization.”

“The Church and other Churches and ecclesial communities are called to let themselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, and to remain always open, docile and obedient,” the Pope said underlining that “ours is a hopeful perspective, but one which is also demanding. The temptation is always within us to resist the Holy Spirit, because he takes us out of our comfort zone and unsettles us; he makes us get up and drives the Church forward. It is always easier and more comfortable to settle in our sedentary and unchanging ways. In truth, the Church shows her fidelity to the Holy Spirit in as much as she does not try to control or tame him. We Christians become true missionary disciples, able to challenge consciences, when we throw off our defensiveness and allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit. He is freshness, imagination and newness. Our defensiveness is evident when we are entrenched within our ideas and our own strengths – in which case we slip into Pelagianism – or when we are ambitious or vain. These defensive mechanisms prevent us from truly understanding other people and from opening ourselves to a sincere dialogue with them.”

“In our journey of faith and fraternal living, the more we allow ourselves to be humbly guided by the Spirit of the Lord, the more we will overcome misunderstandings, divisions, and disagreements and be a credible sign of unity and peace,” the Pope – whose homily was also pronounced in Turkish – said.

Francis celebrated the liturgy in red vestments marking to mark the occasion of the Feast of St. Andrew, Patron Saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, tomorrow. He wore red instead of purple, which is the traditional colour of Advent. The liturgy featured chants and prayers from different rites, starting with Psalm 102 sung by a Chaldean children’s choir. The mass ended with music by an African choir, sung to the rhythm of drums during communion. Faithful said a prayer for the refugees present in Turkey. Masses of requests were sent by Turkish faithful to attend the papal mass but only 1300 and religious representatives managed to obtain a ticket. The cathedral and courtyard were packed. After the mass the Pope made his way to the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople to meet Bartholomew.

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 12:13
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