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Cardinal Sandri on the Synod: "Life in Christ is Basis of Communion"

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Cardinal Leonardo Sandri Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches "The main point that the Pope said is to live life in Christ as the basis for communion within the churches, within the …More
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri
Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches

"The main point that the Pope said is to live life in Christ as the basis for communion within the churches, within the Church, with other religions, with other Christians and with the world. And so I think this spiritual tone, this return to the center of our life that is Christ is the key to understanding this Synod. (...) So in this climate of return, conversion to Christ for all our Eastern Churches will be the real contribution of the Eastern Churches in the life of peace, coexistence, solidarity, the overcoming of all the conflicts that exist in the Middle East."

"There are divisions, because the East is made up of a plurality of rites, a wealth of theological disciplines, patristics, also of customs, traditions received from the majorities. So there must be a community within these churches, including the Eastern churches, which operate in the same locality, and then with the Latin Church, which is also present throughout the Middle East. Obviously this opens us to the universal communion with the Bishop of Rome and all the other churches of the West. They are represented at this Synod, in fact all the major continental groups of bishops from around the world."

"It's very difficult, but our strength lies not in quantity: it's the power of God that is with us and of course, patience, forgiveness, reconciliation, are like a daily martyrdom. We know that the Eastern Catholic Churches are crowned by so many martyrs who gave their lives for Christ. But then there is the martyrdom of everyday life, of living among fellow citizens of other religions as a small minority, and we remember in this sense the words of Christ: "Fear not, little flock, because the Lord is with us" . But of course it takes a great deal of training to be patient, charitable, understanding of others, of being always available to hear the word of God and to listen to the needs and realities of our fellow men."