Twice he has been a Pope in Cyprus. The first was Benedict XVI, in June 2010. At that time, in the two main communities that inhabit the island, the Greco and the Turkish Cypriot, worked with enthusiasm to close the war wounds in the short or medium term. Then, in 2017, the resounding failure of the Crans-Montana reunification negotiations would come and, more recently, Turkey would give the dead by proclaiming its desire to establish two states in Cyprus.
Therefore, although the defense of immigrants and inter-reffectional dialogue guided the footsteps of Francis during its 35th trip, this time by Cyprus and Greece, the Holy Father has not overlooked this Friday one of the evils that whip this corner of the Mediterranean Oriental and Europe. Speaking to a community of fuids of the war, the Pope wished Cyprus, "marked by a painful division", becomes "by the grace of God in the Fraternity's workshop."
The place where the Sumo Pontiff was located at that time, the Church of the Holy Cross, is located just in the so-called green line, the demilitarized area that the UN began to extend in 1964 to avoid intercommunal violence that devoured the island. Today there is no longer shots around the temple, saved under the Vatican Aegis, but the consequences of everything, such as political breakup, the dead of the parteen killings buried in the gutters and the rescuer between neighbors, still burn.
With these reasons, Fransic advocated the faithful to recognize the dignity of all human and to open up to God: "If these two things can happen, the dream can be translated into a daily trip, composed of concrete steps of conflict to communion, from I hate love. A patient journey, which day by day takes us to earth that God has prepared us. The land where, if people ask 'who are you?', you can easily answer: 'I am your brother'. 'I am Your sister '"added.
But not only the Pope lives. Emulating a gesture that he remembers that he did in 2016 on the Greek island of Lesbos, Francisco will take Rome back to 50 immigrants present in Cyprus. Among them, according to the middle cyprus mail, there are two Cameroonian students trapped in the Green Zone, because neither Turks nor GrecoChigotas wanted to take charge of them at the time. The Chipriot interior ministry thanked the Holy Father action.
This Friday was the second day of the Pope to Nicosia, the city that houses the last Wall of Europe. And despite his insistences in which "the only word in the sign towards peace is dialogue," in front of the political leaders of the Cypriot State, Francisco did not cross to the north of the demarcation to meet with the Turkish Cypriots, whose political entity only Ankara recognizes. A lost opportunity, had regretted the leader Turkish Cypriot Ersin Tatar in a statement.
During Friday morning, the Holy Father, who had gathered with faithful of the Maronite Catholic confession, offered a Mass at the GSP Stadium of Nicosia. In the same framework, Francis made a courtesy visit to the Beatitude of Him Crisostom II, Orthodox Archbishop of Cyprus. A bet of tending ties with another church that will prolong this Saturday in Athens with the visit to the capital Archbishop and of all Greece, the Beatitude of Him Jerónimo II.Date Of Update: 09 December 2021, 01:36