Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Pope stresses 'brotherhood' with cardinals


Vatican City, March 15 - Pope Francis began his
second day as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion
Catholics with an informal meeting with cardinals at the
Vatican's Clementine Hall on Friday in which he stressed that
the princes of the Church were his brothers.
"We are brothers, the cardinals are the priests of the Holy
Father, we live that community, that friendship and closeness
which will do us all good," the new pope told the College of
Cardinals in the Clementine Hall.
Francis, who is expected to try to end reported rifts in
the Catholic Church's governing body, the Curia, stressed the
importance of Church unity.
He called on cardinals to impart their wisdom to the youth
of the world.
"Dear Brothers, have courage! Half of us are old: I like to
think of old age as the seat of wisdom in life," he said. "Old
people have wisdom because they know they have journeyed through
life - like the aged Simeon and Anna in the Temple.
"It was that wisdom that allowed them to recognise Jesus.
We must give this wisdom to young people: like good wine that
improves with age, let us give young people this life's wisdom.
"I'm reminded of what a German poet said about aging: "Es
ist ruhig, das Alter, und fromm" - "age is the time of peace and
prayer". We need to give young people this wisdom.
Francis, who was elevated to the throne of St Peter
Wednesday, also thanked his 85-year-old predecessor Benedict
XVI, who became the first pope to abdicate in 600 years last
month citing a decline in physical and mental strength.
Francis told cardinals that Benedict "enriched the Church
with the magistery of faith, humility and mildness.
The new pontiff said Benedict's legacy "will remain a
spiritual patrimony for all".
The Argentine pope said his German predecessor had shown
"total dedication to the Throne of St Peter".
Francis was elected Wednesday after only five rounds of
voting - just one more than Benedict XVI when he was elected in
Vatican watchers say Francis was himself the runner-up that
Reflecting on the election inside the Sistine Chapel this
week, Francis said Friday it was "charged with meaning not just
for the College of Cardinals but for all the faithful".
"We had a marked sense of the affection and solidarity of
the universal Church, as well as the attention of many people
who do not share our faith but who look with respect and
admiration on the Church and the Holy See".
Francis also expressed his gratitude to Christians all over
the world and to the crowd that gathered in St Peter's Square to
witness his election for their "touching and intense spiritual
But it was the theme of brotherhood among cardinals that
carried the pope's address, and there was no better metaphor for
fraternal support than when Pope Francis almost took a tumble as
he was going down from the dais but regained his balance as he
embraced the dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano,
who was coming to meet him.

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