Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - The Samaritan "is despised
by the Jews for his different religious beliefs, but unlike the priests and
Levites he puts into practice the will of God, who loves mercy more than
sacrifice." Commenting from Castel Gandolfo on the Gospel passage from
Luke, Pope Francis once more focused on mercy as the true cipher of the
A man who lived fully this Gospel of the good Samaritan, the
Pope added immediately after, "is the saint we remember today: St.
Camillus de Lellis, founder of the Ministers of the Sick, patron of the sick
and health care workers. St. Camillo died on July 14, 1614: today opens the
400th anniversary of his death, culminating in a year's time. I greet with
affection all the spiritual sons and daughters of St. Camillus, living their
charism of charity in daily contact with the sick. Be good Samaritans like him!
And even the doctors, nurses and those who work in hospitals and nursing homes,
I wish for you that you may be animated by the same spirit. We entrust this intention
to the intercession of Mary most holy."
Yet another intention, Francis underlined, "I would like
to entrust to the Virgin Mary. We are now approaching the World Youth Day in
Rio de Janeiro. I will be leaving in eight days, but many young people will
leave for Brazil even before that. Then let us pray for this great pilgrimage
that begins, so that our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil, may guide
the steps of the participants, and open their hearts to accept the mission that
Christ will give them ".
Shortly before the Angelus, the Pope met the people of Castel Gandolfo -
where he will not spend the summer, but only each Sunday - along with the
Bishop of Albano and the Mayor. After thanking them "for the
hospitality," the Pope recalled his predecessors: "At this moment my
thoughts go to Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who loved to spend part
of the summer in the Papal residence. Many of you have been able to meet them
and welcome them, preserving a cherished memory of the experience. May their
testimony always be fore you an encouragement in daily fidelity to Christ and
in the continuous effort to lead a life consistent with the demands of the
Gospel and the teachings of the Church".