BENEDICT XVI: THE APOSTLE PAUL, A MAN OPEN TO COLLABORATION WITHIN THE CHURCH (2)

” “As he continued presenting Saint Paul’s other two collaborators, the Pope spoke of Silas (or Sylvanus), "one of the first converted Jews in Jerusalem”. Of his biography, he mentioned that "he was sent to Antioch to explain to the brothers the decisions of the so-called First Council of Jerusalem”. The Pope highlighted that clearly "he was considered able to act as a sort of mediator between Jews and Christians of pagan origin, serving the unity of the Church in a diversity of rites and origins”. As to the third collaborator, Apollo, he mentioned he was a Jew from Alexandria and announced the Gospel to Ephesus and Corinth. “All three of them – concluded the Pope – shine in the heaven of the spreaders of the Gospel" with "a common trait: they showed their devotion to Jesus Christ along with the fact all of them were collaborators of the Apostle Paul”. Then he defined them "shining paragons of unselfishness and generosity”, then drew the conclusion that "we are all ministers of Jesus – the Pope, the cardinals, the bishops, the priests, the lay devotees, we are all useful ministers of Jesus, we are useful since we hand down the Gospel according to our gifts. Let’s pray God that He may make His Gospel and His Church grow”. ” “” “” “

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