Major Archbishop Alencherry meets Pope

October 19, 2011 by  
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Major Archbishop Alencherry meets Pope

Major Archbishop Alencherry with Pope Benedict XVI at Rome

Kerala, October 18, 2011: Major Archbishop George Alencherry of the Syro-Malabar Church along with some of its members met Pope Benedict XVI at Rome yesterday.

The pope termed the visit of the prelate and members of second largest Eastern Catholic Church a ‘significant one’.

Noting that life for Christians has been complicated by sectarian mistrust and violence, he said “but I would urge you to continue to work with people of all religions to maintain peace and harmony…”

He said within the Church itself, there are encouraging signs of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life which will “help you to maintain your pastoral outreach”.

The pontiff said “your predecessor, late Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, has left a legacy upon which you and your brother Bishops will surely wish to build.”

He encouraged them to continue the good work in fostering vocations among young men and women.
In this regard, he mentioned the two holy patrons of the Rite, Saint Alphonsa Muttathupadathu and Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara.

Pope Benedict also spoke of the ongoing challenges in the formation of the clergy and religious, in Christian family life and in the pastoral care of the faithful.

The pope asked them to be mindful of the essential need for cooperation with Catholic Bishops and pastors of other rites.

– ucan, vatican radio

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