In the Middle East, as in the entire world, people need to speak the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, and dialogue. Although sometimes it’s not easy, it’s very worthwhile. This is why Pope Francis encourages us all to become men and women of reconciliation. "In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions is based on spiritual and historic bonds. The Good News of Jesus, risen out of love, came to us from these lands. Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East.
We offer here a summary written by Msgr. Juan Miguel Ferrer about the history of devotion to the martyr Saint Severinus, whose relics (donated in 1957 by Cardinal Mimmi, Archbishop of Naples) repose in the oratory of Saint Joseph in the Prelatic Curia of Opus Dei in Rome.
In his October 30 general audience, Pope Francis continued speaking about the Acts of the Apostles, focusing on the text “Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9).