ADDRESS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
Tuesday, 11 January 2005
1. I welcome you with joy and offer you all my cordial greeting. I greet first of all the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and thank him for his courteous words on behalf of everyone present. I extend my greeting to the Communities you represent here and to those who are taking part in your Synod on the theme: "Communion and Gospel Proclamation".
This topic is particularly timely both for your two Eparchies and for the
Exarchial Monastery of Grottaferrata. Heirs to a common spiritual heritage, your
ecclesial institutions are called to witness to the unity of the same faith
in different social contexts. They collaborate in pastoral affairs with the
communities of Latin tradition and continue to strengthen their identity,
treasuring their 1,000-year-old Byzantine tradition.
The Holy See, through the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, will not fail
to offer its support to this practical renewal, while you will be able to find
useful references to back your efforts in the texts of the Second Vatican
Council and the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
You celebrate almost daily the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, who
has been called "Mouth-of-Gold" for his oratorical skill and knowledge of Sacred
Scripture. Still today, his words penetrate human ears and hearts. You are
right, therefore, to make his words ring out, comprehensible to all, in the
languages of our time.
I entrust this ardent hope to Mary Most Holy, Mother of God, as I wholeheartedly impart to you who are present here and to your Eparchies a special Apostolic Blessing.
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