Catholic Church play a role in changing this perspective?
In this context, the visit of Pope Francis to our
country took on its full weight and significance. The presence of the Pope has
contributed to changing the historical imagination that sees the Pope, and
therefore Catholicism, as a historical opponent of Orthodoxy. Pope Francis
loves frontiers and peripheries. He has accomplished a work of reconciliation
in Cyprus and Greece. The media, the people, the governments facilitated this
meeting and participated wholeheartedly. The synod of the Greek Orthodox Church
was reticent and reserved, but overall it was a gracious meeting.
What is this
Catholic community you are leading?
The Catholic community, for the past 20 years, has
been a mosaic of peoples of many origins, languages and cultures. Our aim is to
form a Church based on faith in Jesus Christ and his Gospel of salvation for
humanity. Given this cultural multiplicity and the context I have described,
this is not an easy task, but it is a beautiful evangelical task. It is about
living a new brotherhood.
related theme that I am often asked about is the secularisation of society in
Greece. It is present here too. But it is not as strong as in the West. I
believe that the Eastern peoples of Europe are better rooted in their culture
and their spiritual tradition. Nevertheless, it is a reality. So the Church has
to accept some features of modernity while keeping its distance from others.
The Church has to discern.