We pray for our Holy Universal Pontiff, Benedict XVI, Pope of Rome

Thursday, May 31, 2012

In 2006, the Pope dropped the use of the Title of the "Patriarch of Rome and All West" to emphasized the very fact that he is not only the Head of the Latin Rite or the Western Church but the Catholic Church as a whole.

Let me quote some words from His Holiness Pope Benedict, which like the other Popes, has served as the Protector of the Traditions been preserved by the Eastern Rite, here are some of his words as follows:

"In our day too, the Church in America is called to embrace, incorporate and cultivate the rich patrimony of faith and culture present in America’s many immigrant groups, including not only those of your own rites, but also the swelling numbers of Hispanic, Asian and African Catholics. The demanding pastoral task of fostering a communion of cultures within your local Churches must be considered of particular importance in the exercise of your ministry at the service of unity (cf. Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, 63). This diaconia of communion entails more than simply respecting linguistic diversity, promoting sound traditions, and providing much-needed social programs and services. It also calls for a commitment to ongoing preaching, catechesis and pastoral activity aimed at inspiring in all the faithful a deeper sense of their communion in the apostolic faith and their responsibility for the Church’s mission in the United States. Nor can the significance of this challenge be underestimated: the immense promise and the vibrant energies of a new generation of Catholics are waiting to be tapped for the renewal of the Church’s life and the rebuilding of the fabric of American society."


For those who have noticed he have said it on the visiting Eastern Rite Catholic Bishops of the United States, at the same time it has coincided with a slight uproar because of the Comments of the Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Church on regards of Celibacy. Nevertheless it is important here that His Holiness Pope Benedict deeply stress the importance of Eastern Church on regards of Spirituality

May the Good lord grant His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI many years

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church 

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Gregorios III Laham, Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI with His Beatitude Ignace Joseph III Younan, Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church


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