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February 23, 2009
St Bede showed importance of diverse, but united Church
BY CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church is not limited to one particular culture or language, but with its diversity it is united in Christ, Pope Benedict said.
The catholicity of the Church reflects a “fidelity to tradition together with being open to developments in history” and to the search for unity in the diversity of cultures, the pope said Feb. 18.
The pope made his comments during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. His talk focused on St. Bede the Venerable, an eighth-century Christian writer and doctor of the Church.
The British saint saw the Church grow from being rooted in Jewish, Greek and Roman cultures to becoming a truly universal body, he said.
“The Church is not restricted to one particular culture, but is made up of all cultures of the world that are open and they find their point of destination in Christ.”
St. Bede urged pastors to use the local language, just as he had done.
For example, the British scholar always taught and explained the Gospel, the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed in the local dialect of Northumberland, said the pope.
St. Bede taught that Christ wants an industrious, hardworking Church that shows the signs of toiling under the bright sun, evangelizing new lands and sowing the seeds of God’s word, he said.
The pope prayed that even today there would be public figures like St. Bede working “to keep the whole continent united.”