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Saturday, March 9, 2013
The President of the Focolare Movement, Maria Voce, offered Zenit a reflection on the important moment that the Catholic Church is living. Here’s the full text.

«I think that Pope Ratzinger’s decision last February 11 offered us the very essence of his theological and spiritual reflections. Above all he underscored God’s sovereignty: the consciousness that it is He who guides history. Moreover, he led us to perceive the signs of the times and to respond with the courage of choices both suffered and innovative. He left us with a clear note of hope for “the certainty that the Church is Christ’s.”

But to which countenance of the Church was the Holy Father looking? Out of love for which aspect of the Church did he take a step of such great importance? I think I am not mistaken if I say it’s “the Church as communion”, fruit of Vatican II, but also with the view of being «more and more … the expression of the Church’s essence,» as Pope Ratzinger emphasized also at the end of his pontificate.

«More and more», meaning that we have not yet fully arrived. Which direction should be taken?

We know that the Church exists for the world. For this reason, when facing the demands of reform ad intra, I think the Church should focus on looking outside itself, intensifying its dialogue with society. Such vital contact would allow the Church to make its clear voice heard as it remains faithful to the Gospel and, at the same time, listens to the aspirations of men and women of this era. Doing so, She will discover within new resources and unimagined vitality.

We will certainly need to persist in ecumenical dialogue, on this important theme of the visible unity among the Churches, striving to reach definitions of faith and ecclesial praxis acceptable to all Christians.

I would wish for a simpler Church, regarding the goods She possesses and Her liturgical expressions and manifestations. I would suggest a more fluid and direct communication with today’s society that facilitates easier relationship with people, as well as an attitude of greater welcoming also towards those who think otherwise.

Universality and openness to dialogues will therefore be two notes that must be assumed by the new Pope. So that he may respond to these enormous challenges, we envision him as a man of profound spirituality, united to God, thus receiving from the Holy Spirit solutions to the problems, in the constant exercise of collegiality, involving also lay men and women in the thought and action of the Church.

Therefore what awaits us is to work with a new sense of responsibility. This means to encourage creativity on different levels. I think of the economy which will emerge from the crisis only if placed at the service of the human person; of politics which needs to become credible again, returning to being that “shared life in the polis”; of communications as an agent of unity in society; I also think of justice, being open towards those who make mistakes, who suffer the wounds of exploitation, towards those who suffered the mistakes of other men, of other women, also in the Church. I think of those who feel excluded from the ecclesial communion, like those who “have remarried”. This too is the Church, because Christ who founded it died on the cross to heal every division.

Let’s make the true countenance of the Church shine forth. For this reason I invited all those in the world who adhere to the spirit of the Focolare Movement to make a new “pact” that everywhere our listening, trust and mutual love might grow during this time of waiting, so that the Church, in unity and in collegiality, may choose that Pope which also humanity needs.»

Source:  Zenit

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 00:04

Grazie Emmaus ci porti sempre più a diventare i veri dicepoli di una Chiesa che è madre e ci fa veri figli suoi.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 16:52

As novas uniões deveriam vir sem aspas porque elas também são realidades verdadeiras e não um conceito isolado e menor. Toda forma de união se é vinculada a um afeto de escuta mútua é união.

Maria de Fátima Assunção da Silva Palmeira

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 04:19

Grazie Emmaus!
Mi ha fatto tanto bene questa tua riflessione.
Fátima Assunção


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:15

Grazie Emmaus!

Gianfranco Bressi

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 16:22

Gande Emmaus!!!!! Che il Signore ti ascolti……


Monday, March 11, 2013 at 14:36

¡Gracias Emmaus por la sorprendente claridad que te distingue y la guía segura que significas para nosotros!! No sólo me siento plenamente expresada en tus palabras, sino comprometida en ser y construir contigo esta Iglesia que nos señalas.

irene m. de los angeles

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 04:01

Thank you Emmaus for this guide! We will follow it with all our heart!


Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:01

Wow!!!! This is a’must read’ for every human being in this moment of history!!! It is a moment of prayer and of solidarity with humanity that is awaiting and hoping for a better and a more fraternal future.

    Karl Joos

    Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 13:15

    Danke für diese Worte, inspiriert vom Heiligen Geist, in diesen entscheidenden Tagen für unsere Kirche, aber auch für alle Menschen.Könnte die deutsche Übersetzung nicht noch etwas überarbeitet werden und in weiten Kreisen bekannt gemacht werden.
    Außerdem wiederhole ich meine Bitte, um eine gute deutsche Übersetzung des Vortrags von Maria Voce beim Kongress in Paris über die Stellung der Frau. Überaus wichtig angesichs der Stelllung der Frau in der Kirche, in der Diskussion über das Diakonat usw. Vielen herzlichen Dank!

      fedele de marco

      Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 23:42

      di grazia Sig. Presidente dell’Opera di Maria,

      vuole meglio specificare il senso delle “nuove unioni” alla luce del Magistero?

      e quali sono a questo punto quelle “Vecchie”


      Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 17:42

      In questo paragrafo la presidente Maria Voce fa riferimento alle persone, già sposate in Chiesa, divorziate e/o separate, che si uniscono con altri partner in una nuova unione e che, per questo, non hanno attualmente la possibilità di nutrirsi dell’Eucaristia. Cordialmente, la Redazione”.