Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: AFRICA/EGYPT – Melkite Patriarch: we are in the Middle East not to “spread the Christian civilization”, but to demonstrate the work of the Holy Spirit in our life
Cairo – The mission of the Church, also in the Middle East, is not to “spread Christian civilization in place of other civilizations”, but to “demonstrate the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and help others to receive the gift of this Spirit”. With these words Youssef Absi, Patriarch of Antioch of the Melkites, expressed in a synthetic and effective form the appropriate criterion with which it is convenient to look at the events of the Christian communities scattered in the Middle Eastern area. “Our presence, especially in the Middle East” clarified the Patriarch “does not depend on our number, our strength, our greatness and our ability, but rather on the effective work of the Holy Spirit in our lives”.