The one who watches over unity

Pope Benedict XVI. Has underscored the authority of the bishop of Rome and his service to the universal church. With all the legitimate diversity of the particular Churches, the Pope must be careful that their particularities do not harm unity, said Benedict XVI. on Sunday at St. Peter's Square.

In front of tens of thousands of people, the Pope called for prayers "that confusion and storms do not shake the Church and that we hold fast to the unadulterated faith, remain in unity and live together in love". At the same time, Benedict XVI asked. Catholics to support it through their prayers. Christ had chosen the apostle Peter "as the rock on which he would build his church". This universal apostleship of the shepherd and teacher continues in his successors.

"Long tradition of special service to the universal church" The cathedra of Peter symbolizes the authority of the bishop of Rome, the pope emphasized. Immediately after the martyrdom of the apostles Peter and Paul, the primacy role of the Church of Rome was recognized throughout the Catholic community. The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) then confirmed, according to Benedict XVI., That in the ecclesial community there are rightly "particular churches that enjoy their own traditions, without prejudice to the primacy of the See of Peter".

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