S+L logo

Paul, Barnabas and Cyprus

June 16, 2010
Just over a week ago, Pope Benedict returned to the Vatican from his three-day trip to Cyprus. This might be news to some of you. The papal visit was the most under-reported of 2010.
Cynics might theorize that the media yawned because there was no apparent clergy sex abuse angle. Just as likely, the relative silence could be attributed to 'papal visit fatigue'. The Pope's flight to Malta in April was closely followed by a pilgrimage to the Shroud of Turin in May. And then, just two weeks later, he made his highly-publicized journey to Portugal.
Even the Vatican press corps -- veteran reporters who fly on the Pope's plane -- were surely wearied by the schedule. While it's no chore to jet to sun-drenched, seaside destinations, covering an apostolic voyage is no holiday. During just three days in Portugal, for example, Benedict delivered 16 separate addresses.
The Cyprus trip was laden with complex political overtones. Recently, Cypriots have resumed talks aimed at the eventual reunification of the ethnic Greek and Turkish populations. (At present, the island remains divided by a UN buffer zone.) As a Mediterranean port-of-call, Cyprus was also involved in the deadly confrontation on the Gaza flotilla. And then, just one day before the Pope arrived, a bishop was murdered in nearby Turkey. Minority Christians in Turkey fear the attack may have been religiously motivated.
The Holy Father addressed each of those issues in Cyprus. But he was also traveling, as he often does, as a pilgrim. This was, after all, the first time a pontiff had ever visited the island, on whose shores Paul and Barnabas debarked to evangelize some two-thousand year ago.
For those who missed our extensive Cyprus coverage, Fr. Thomas Rosica shared this video reflection about the biblical significance of Cyprus, and how Paul and Barnabas' stormy friendship still speaks to us today.

Related posts

"I am not He, I prepare His way"
FacebookTwitter
John was identified with the people of Israel, and his vocation was ultimately not only the restoration of Israel but also the conversion of the world. John was the sharp-edged sword who pointed out t ...read more
The Slow Progress in the Growth of God’s Kingdom
FacebookTwitter
Read Fr. Thomas Rosica's reflection for the eleventh Sunday in ordinary time: The Slow Progress in the Growth of God’s Kingdom. ...read more
Mary was no stranger to the real world of suffering
FacebookTwitter
Read a homily for the memorial of the immaculate heart of Mary by Fr. Kevin Kirley, CSB: "Mary was no stranger to the real world of suffering." ...read more
Has our devotion to the Sacred Heart suffered cardiac arrest? Here is a prescription for reviving the heartbeat, as Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B's reflects on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. ...read more
The Kingdom requires of us to do God’s will
FacebookTwitter
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – June 10th, 2018 Today’s Gospel story of the unbelieving scribes from Jerusalem who attributed Jesus’ power over demons to Beelzebul (Mark 3:20-35) ...read more