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ABSTRACTZENIT - Pope: Love Without Faith Collapses Indexed Archive | Advanced Search | The World Seen From Rome Zenit? All about Zenit Testimonies Services Conditions of use How is Zenit financed Prizes and Recognitions Faqs Identity and Organization Technical Problems Receive zenit Subscribe by Email Unsubscribe Gift-Subscriptions Zenit in RSS Zenit on your Web Conditions of use Problems receiving Zenit Support zenit Send a donation How is Zenit financed Legal Status Participate Help Zenit Spread Zenit Give the gift of Zenit Recommend Zenit Contact us FAQ Identity and Organization Technical Problems Advertising Contact us English > See information Why I support ZENIT... SEND DONATION ZE12022010 - 2012-02-20 Permalink: http://www.zenit.org/article-34333?l=english Pope: Love Without Faith Collapses Reflects on Petrine Ministry With 22 New Cardinals By Kathleen Naab VATICAN CITY, FEB. 20, 2012 ( Zenit.org ).- Everything in the Church, and love itself, rests upon faith, Benedict XVI said Sunday as he concelebrated Mass with the Church's 22 newest cardinals. After Saturday's consistory, the new princes of the Church celebrated Mass on Sunday with the Pope in St. Peter's Basilica. The Holy Father drew from the art of the church to offer his reflection, speaking of Bernini's great bronze sculpture of the throne of Peter. He described it as "one of the most famous artistic treasures of this Vatican Basilica: [...] an enormous bronze throne that seems to hover in mid air, but in reality is supported by the four statues of great Fathers of the Church from East and West. And above the throne, surrounded by triumphant angels suspended in the air, the glory of the Holy Spirit shines through the oval window." "It represents a vision of the essence of the Church and the place within the Church of the Petrine Magisterium," the Pontiff reflected. He noted how the window opens the Church toward the outside, and how the "the Church herself is like a window, the place where God draws near to us, where he comes towards our world." "The Church is the place where God 'reaches' us and where we 'set off' towards him: she has the task of opening up, beyond itself, a world which tends to become enclosed within itself, the task of bringing to the world the light that comes from above, without which it would be uninhabitable." Presides in charity Benedict XVI spoke of how the bronze throne encloses a wooden chair that was long though to be St. Peter's. He went on to mention its symbolic value as the "throne of truth" and an indication of the words Christ spoke to Peter at the Last Supper. He continued: "The chair of Peter evokes another memory: the famous expression from Saint Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Romans, where he says of the Church of Rome that she 'presides in charity' (Salutation, PG 5, 801). In truth, presiding in faith is inseparably linked to presiding in love. Faith without love would no longer be an authentic Christian faith. But the words of Saint Ignatius have another much more concrete implication: the word 'charity,' in fact, was also used by the early Church to indicate the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the Sacramentum caritatis Christi, through which Christ continues to draw us all to himself, as he did when raised up on the Cross (cf. Jn 12:32). Therefore, to 'preside in charity' is to draw men and women into a eucharistic embrace -- the embrace of Christ -- which surpasses every barrier and every division, creating communion from all manner of differences." Bernini's throne is supported by Sts. John Chrysostom and Athanasius, fathers from the East, and Sts. Ambrose and Augustine, from the west. They "represent the whole of the tradition, and hence the richness of expression of the true faith of the holy and one Church," the Pope said. "This aspect of the altar teaches us that love rests upon faith. Love collapses if man no longer trusts in God and disobeys him. Everything in the Church rests upon faith: the sacraments, the liturgy, evangelization, .......