Pope’s prayer with Melkite Catholic Patriarch

“The hug of a father of a church with Peter.” A rich Church, with its own theology within Catholic theology, with its own liturgy and with a people, at this time most of them are crucified like Jesus. “With these words, Pope Francis wanted to explain, during the mass celebrated in the chapel of Santa Marta, on Tuesday morning, February 13th, “the meaning of today´s act”: it is to celebrate the ecclesiastical communion, which was granted to the new Patriarch of Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Antioch Youssef with a papal letter on June 22.

“This Mass with our brother – said the Pope in the introduction of the rite – will confirm apostolic communion: he is the father of a Church, an ancient Church that comes to embrace Peter, to say,” I am in communion with Peter “» Therefore, the celebration was offered “for the people, for the people who suffer, for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, who – the Pope explained – give their lives, their goods, their properties and who are expelled.”