At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks all Lebanese, "especially the young", to seek "the right solutions in dialogue" and "for the benefit of the whole Middle Eastern region that suffers so greatly". In the month of October pray the Rosary for the missionaries and for peace. The just concluded Synod was "a journey together ... to live of Jesus, to live of the Gospel" and "to go out of oneself".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - At today's Angelus meeting, Pope Francis had several messages: for Lebanon, the missionaries and the Rosary in October, for the Synod on the just ended Amazon. The Pope had just celebrated the final Mass of the Synod in St. Peter's.
After the Marian prayer, addressing the pilgrims gathered in the square, the pontiff addressed “a special thought to the dear Lebanese people, in particular to young people, who in recent days have made their cry heard in the face of social and economic challenges and problems of the country ”.
For several days, in many cities in Lebanon, people of all religious denominations and of all ages demonstrate to ask for the fall of their government and parliament, for their incapacity and corruption in front of the country's problems.
"I urge everyone - said Francis - to seek the right solutions in dialogue, and I pray to the Virgin Mary, Queen of Lebanon, so that, with the support of the international community, that country will continue to be a space of peaceful coexistence and respect of the dignity and freedom of every person, for the benefit of the whole Middle Eastern region that suffers so greatly”.
The pontiff also wanted to remember the "missionary month" and "the extraordinary missionary month", celebrated this October. October is also the month dedicated to the devotion of the Rosary. Hence the invitation “to pray the Rosary for the mission of the Church today, particularly for missionaries, men and women, who encounter greater difficulties. And at the same time we continue to pray the Rosary for peace. The Gospel and peace walk together ".
Previously, before the Marian prayer, Francis focused on the value of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the just concluded Pan-Amazonian Region.
After recalling "the cry of the poor" and the Amazon, which "push us not to remain indifferent", the Pope explained what the Synod was, "a journey together, comforted by the courage and consolations that come from the Lord . We walked looking into each other's eyes and listening to each other, sincerely, without hiding the difficulties, experiencing the beauty of moving forward together, to serve".
Taking his cue from the second reading of today's Mass, (2 Timothy 4, 6-8.16-18), the pontiff emphasized the heart of the apostle Paul: "Here is Paul's last wish: not something for himself or for some of his, but for the Gospel, so that it may be announced to all peoples. This comes first and counts most of all. We have all often asked ourselves what good we do in our lives; Today let us ask ourselves: "What good can I do for the Gospel?"
"At the Synod - he continued - we asked ourselves, wishing to open new paths to the proclamation of the Gospel ... And to live by Jesus, to live by the Gospel we must go out of ourselves. We then felt encouraged to embarkd, to leave the comfortable shores of our safe ports to go deep into the waters: not into the swampy waters of ideologies, but into the open sea where the Spirit invites us to cast our nets. Embarking is letting ourselves be challenged by this novelty, responding to the call to come out of ourselves and our schemes so that the Gospel may shine in the center with its style: poor in radicalism, missionary in pastoral action, synodal in communion ”.