BENEDICT XVI: THE APOSTLE PAUL, A MAN OPEN TO COLLABORATION WITHIN THE CHURCH (1)

” “”We must admit the Apostle Paul is a telling example of a man open to collaboration within the Church. He did not want to do everything on his own, but relied on many, different colleagues”: it was said this morning by Pope Benedict XVI, as he opened the meditation for the Wednesday audience which was focussed once again on "a journey through the protagonists of the Christian origins”. After mentioning such figures as Epafra, Urban, Aristarch, Trifida, Perseids, Aquila and Priscilla, Benedict XVI drew attention to three special figures who – he said – "played a very significant role”. They are Barnabas, Sylvanus and Apollo. The first one, Barnabas, was one of the first converted Jews in Jerusalem, he travelled with Paul and collaborated to the evangelisation of Antioch of Syria, then took part in the Council of Jerusalem that renounced imposing circumcision on Christians. In this respect, Benedict XVI highlighted that in that ambience "the elderly decided to separate the practice of circumcision from the Christian identity”, actually he added that they explained the concept that "only thus could they open the Church to the heathen without the obligation of circumcision. We are Abraham’s children only for our faith in Christ”. ” “” “” ” ” ” ” “

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