BENEDICT XVI: ANGELUS, "THE CHURCH, A RICH AND VITAL ORGANISATION" WITH THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

Thanks to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, "the Church presents itself as a rich and vital, yet not uniform, organisation, the fruit of the one Spirit who leads all to a profound unity, assuming the differences without abolishing them and realizing a harmonious whole", said Benedict XVI yesterday morning before praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. Commenting on the first Letter to the Corinthians in which St. Paul likens the Church to the human body, the Pope highlighted how the Church is "understood as a body with Christ as its head, forming a single whole with Him" and, above all, what the Apostle wishes to communicate, that is, "the idea of unity in the multiplicity of charisms". The Church, therefore, "extends the presence of the risen Lord in history, especially through the Sacraments, the Word of God, the charisms and the offices distributed in the community". Therefore, "it is precisely in Christ and in the Spirit that the Church is one and holy, that is, an intimate communion that transcends human capacities and supports them". The Holy Father wanted to stress this aspect "while we are living the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity", which concludes today, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Then the Pontiff recalled that today he is going to celebrate the vespers in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, with the participation of representatives from the other Churches and ecclesial communities of Rome. (continued) ” ” ” ” ” ” ” “

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