Cardinal Koch pilgrim to the Shrine

It was a real pilgrimage to the sacred places of the Gargano that made on the weekend 24 – 25 October by Cardinal Kurt Koch.

The purple, in fact, first visited the sanctuary of San Giovanni Rotondo where the mortal remains of San Pio da Pietrelcina are kept and, then, reached the Sacred Cave of Monte Sant’Angelo.

“I am a pilgrim and for the first time in this wonderful sanctuary to invoke from the Archangel protection and spiritual strength for my ministry”: words followed by moments of private prayer and, on Sunday morning, the solemn Eucharistic celebration. 

Precisely by commenting on the Gospel pericope, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, quoting some theologians, defined love for one’s neighbour as the pilgrim’s dress of love for God: dedicating himself to his brothers and sisters, to the needy, to the suffering, to others in a disinterested way, will be for every Christian the most authentic sign of love for God. That love whose primacy is defended and proclaimed in his own name by St Michael: to him the prelate, former Bishop of Basel, has addressed the plea that he may support and promote the difficult dialogue with other Christian confessions for the achievement of full unity, which is the will of Christ himself.

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