Bishop says Rome history shapes our identity
Melbourne auxiliary Bishop Mark Coleridge has said that the Roman Empire may be long gone, but the city "still belongs to all of us".
In a statement made this week to promote the release of the DVD/Video Saints in Rome, Bishop Coleridge suggested that Rome retains from ancient times, its status as the city of the world - urbs orbis.
He said: "Its story is our story because of the part Rome has played in shaping how we imagine what it means to be human, to be Christian, to be Catholic."
Bishop Coleridge said that every stone of the city tells a story for the present.
"It's not a story about a dead past, but a story about who we are and how we came to be what we are," he said. "In meeting the great figures of the story of Christian Rome, the saints of the city, we meet our ancestors; we trace our family tree."
Before his appointment as auxiliary Bishop, he spend several years working in the Vatican's Secretariat of State. Earlier, he studied in Rome for his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture, from 1980 to 1984.
"For me, living in Rome for years was an experience of coming to know that I'm a small part of a vast mystery, a tiny episode in a great ongoing story. This was an experience which was humbling without ever being humiliating, exhilarating without ever being inflating. In a time of deep unconnectedness, especially in a culture like Australia, the urbs orbis can offer an experience of connectedness which makes life truly human. That's why, for me as for many, Rome always has the feel of home."
The DVD, which is composed of an on location narration by Bishop Coleridge, is being distributed by Catholic Charistmatic Renewal, Melbourne.
Bishop Mark Coleridge: Rome belongs to all of us
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