» 06/01/2012, 00.00
VATICAN - ITALY
Pope greets Milan, "a crossroads of peoples and cultures"
Benedict XVI starts a pastoral visit to the city that is hosting the Meeting of Families. For the pope, the city's character includes positive secularism and a strong Catholic background combined with efficiency and generosity. In his address, he urged people to care for the poor and quake victims, in line with the city's saints: Ambrose, Charles Borromeo, Pius XI, Paul VI, and Gianna Beretta Molla. He entrusted the city into the care of the 'Madonnina'. Tonight, the pontiff will attend a concert at La Scala.
(AsiaNews) - "I am very pleased to be here today with you and thank God for
this opportunity to visit your illustrious city. My first encounter with the
Milanese takes place in this Piazza del Duomo, the heart of Milan, where the
imposing monument that is the symbol of this city rises. With its forest of spires,
it invites us to look upwards, to God. This very momentum towards the heavens
has always characterized Milan and allowed the city over the years to respond
fruitfully to its mission: to be a crossroads - Mediolanum - of peoples and
cultures." With his eyes turned to Milan's Duomo with its square overflowing
with more than a million faithful, Benedict XVI began his pastoral visit to
Milan, Italy's economic powerhouse, which is currently hosting the Meeting of
pope arrived at Milan's Linate Airport around 5.15 pm where he was greeted by
Card Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan; Card Ennio Antonelli, president of the
Pontifical Council for the Family; and Card Dionigi Tettamanzi. Lombardy
President Roberto Formigoni, Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia and, representing the
Italian government, International Cooperation Minister Andrea Riccardi were
present as well. The last time, a pope visited the city was in 1983.
greeting the people of the city, Benedict XVI described the city's character, which
includes positive secularism and a strong Catholic background combined with
efficiency and generosity
affectionate thought," he said, goes "to those in need of help and comfort, and
who are plagued by various worries: to the people who are lonely or in
difficulty, the unemployed, the sick, prisoners, those who are without a home
or the means by which to live a dignified life. The collective and constant
involvement of the community should never be lacking to these our brothers and
sisters. In this regard, I welcome what the Diocese of Milan has done and
continues to do to concretely reach out to the needs of families affected by
the economic crisis, and for having arrived immediately, together with the
whole Church and civil society in Italy, to help the earthquake victims in
Emilia Romagna, who are in our hearts and our prayers and towards whom, once
again, I encourage a generous solidarity
pontiff also noted "The deep sense of Church and the sincere affection of
communion with the Successor of Peter," which "have been part of the richness
and identity of your Church throughout its journey, and shine through in the
figures of the great pastors who have led it" like Saint Charles Borromeo; Card
Andrea Carlo Ferrari, the apostle of catechesis and oratories; Blessed Alfredo
Ildefonso Schuster; Achille Ratti, who became Pope Pius XI, and Giovanni
Battista Montini, who became Paul VI,
families in his mind, the Holy Father cited Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, "a wife
and mother, a woman engaged in ecclesial and civil life, she made beauty and
joy, faith, hope and charity shine."
friends," he went onto to say, "your history is rich in culture and faith. This
wealth has innervated the art, music, literature, culture, industry, politics,
sports, charity initiatives and the entire Archdiocese of Milan. It is now up
to you, heirs of a glorious past and a spiritual heritage of inestimable value,
to commit to transmitting to future generations the torch of such a shining
tradition. You well know the urgent need to merge the Gospel leaven into the
current cultural context. Faith in Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us, who
is living among us, must animate the entire fabric of your life, personal and
communal, private and public, so as to enable a stable and authentic "well
being", beginning with the family, which needs to be rediscovered as
humanity's principal patrimony, coefficient and sign of a true and stable
culture in favour of man. The unique identity of Milan should not isolate it or
separate from it, closing in on itself. Instead, safeguarding the sap of the
roots and traits of its history, it is called to look to the future with hope,
cultivating an intimate and propulsive connection with life throughout Italy
and Europe. In the clear distinction of roles and purposes, the positively
"secular" Milan and the Milan of faith are called to support the
concluding, Benedict XVI entrusted the city "to the protection of the Virgin
Mary, who from the highest spire of the cathedral holds maternally vigil day
and night on this City."
present, a Vatican flag flies next to the little statue of Our Lady, affectionately
called 'Madonnina,' or little Madonna.
greeting the pope in the square, an orchestra played a famous tune, 'O mia bela
Madunina", based on a famous popular song in the Milanese dialect.
Benedict XVI will attend a concert at La Scala in his honour as well as other
guests from the Meeting of Families. La Scala General Music Director Daniel
Barenboim will conduct Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
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