Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
LAKE TIBERIAS (ISRAEL)

Pilgrims gather at St. Peter's home on Lake Tiberias

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Lake Tiberias (Israel), March 7 - The multinational
pilgrims visiting what the Christian Gospels say was the home of
Saint Peter, history's first pope, at the Capernaum
archeological site on the northern shore of Lake Tiberias, have
a range of opinions about what the next pontiff should focus on.
Lake Tiberias, otherwise known as the Sea of Galilee, is
where Jesus allegedly recruited several of his apostles, and
where he performed his walking on the water miracle.
"It's time we had an African pope. Someone who can speak to
the black continent and understand its massive problems",
commented a married South African couple.
While they did not name their preferred candidate, they
called on the next pontiff to allow priests to marry "so they
can have someone to support them: a woman at their side, who can
sustain them in their ministry".
An Orthodox French-speaking Romanian said he is in favor of
a European pope, but went on to add that "any one of them is
fine with me, as long as he can face up to the problems and
protect the Christian faith. The church must answer to a lot of
questions: it's a tough job".
A New York couple said they wanted an American pope who
"would focus on North and South America".
They did not hesitate to name New York Archbishop Timothy
Dolan, who is president of the US Episcopal conference, as their
favorite candidate.
"I would like him to be Italian, or at least European",
said one Italian pilgrim.
"Also, the new pope must push the church to focus on souls
more than politics. Less structure, and more presence on the
ground, here with the people".
She was diplomatic on Benedict's resignation: "A pope is
not supposed to quit, but with all the difficulties ahead and at
his age, he did the right thing".
Father Francisco from southern Spain approved of
Ratzinger's decision: "I saw humility and humanity in him. The
next pope should focus on the authenticity of the church, the
humanity of Christ and the salvation of all men".
"The Holy Spirit will choose the new pope", commented
Sister Maria Colomba, an Iraqi from Mosul.

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