Francis’s sermon is an encouragement to the residents of the parish of Presov, Slovakia, who suffered severe persecution during the atheist communist regime. In 1950, the communist regime extinguished the Greek Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia.
Rome. (EUROPA PRESS)-The Pope attacked those using the symbol of cross for “political reasons” at the mass in de Presov (Slovakia), but also attacked those who only used it as an “object of devotion”. His Part of the country trip.
He stated: “Let’s not reduce cross to an object or dedication, let even a political symbol to become signs of religious and sociological importance.” He also criticised politicians like Matteo Salvini (leader of the Italian League). Populist attitude. He has displayed the Catholic rosary during election activities.
Francis’s third day in Slovakia was his first. He held a Byzantine Mass near Kosice in honor of the Greek Catholic believers. The Argentine Pope was the first to perform this Byzantine ceremony. Among the languages used, there are ancient Slavic and Romany prayer languages.
Approximately 40,000 people attended the open-air celebration in the square in front of the city’s municipal building Mestskà Sportova.
The Pope warned: “Witnesses who have a cross in their heart and not just a cross on their neck will not seek their own interests and then show piety. This will not be a testimony of the crucified God, but a folded religion. “The Pope warned.
The Pope, who dedicated his sermon the symbol of cross to Catholics, asks Catholics “be witnesses who place the cross on the hearts of their people, not just their necks” rather than longing for “a victorious Christianity.” This is a dangerous temptation. We have all longed for a victorious Christianity. A triumphant Christianity that is relevant and important to win glory and honor. “But Christianity without the cross becomes sterile and secular,” he said.
The Pope’s sermon is an encouraging message to the local faithful who were brutally persecuted during the atheist communist regime. The communist regime of 1950 abolished the Greek Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia and declared it dead. However, the 1968 “Prague Spring” saw the end of the Greek Catholic Church. Although it was not totally destroyed, the secretly operating Greek Catholic Church was able to re-establish its existence.