» 05/13/2012, 00.00
Pope: Through Mary, reacting to the temptation of discouragement in the face of economic crisis
Benedict XVI, on a pastoral visit to Arezzo, calls on the city and the Italian society to gain strength from faith and love in the Christian and humanist tradition to address the challenges and difficulties experienced by families, poor and young. Along with prayer and solidarity, the need to change lifestyles "going against an ephemeral culture "and “beyond purely materialistic ideologies that often mark our age and end up clouding our sense of solidarity and charity ".
- "Through Mary, we ask God for the moral comfort, so that the community
Arezzo, and the whole of Italy, react to the temptation of discouragement, and
strengthened by s great humanist tradition, decidedly resume the path of
spiritual and ethical
renewal, which alone can lead to a genuine improvement of social and civic life":
this Benedict XVI's prayer at the Regina Caeli today, held in Arezzo, where he
is on a pastoral visit. The
words of the pope, at the end of the Mass celebrated in the city's "Il Prato" Park,
offer a way to react to the economic crisis that marks the city, Italy and the
image of Our Lady of Consolation, which is kept in the cathedral, the pope
said: "Mary always wants to comfort her children in times of difficulty
and suffering. And this city has experienced its mother's rescue many times.
today, we entrust to her intercession all the individuals and families in your
community who are in situations of great need. "
Benedict XVI had
already touched on the economic crisis earlier in his homily during the Mass:
"The complexity of problems - he said - makes it difficult to find quick and effective
solutions to come out of the present situation which affects the weakest
elements especially and greatly worries young people". The Pope's proposal was to rediscover the Christian
and humanist values, characteristic of culture Arezzo: "The Word of God we have heard is a
powerful invitation to live God's love towards all, and, among its distinctive
values, the culture of this land includes solidarity, attention to the weak,
respect for the dignity of all. Your capacity to welcome those who have come
here recently in search of freedom and work, is well known. Showing solidarity
with the poor, means recognizing the plan of God the Creator, who made us all
The pope recalled
that in the history of the city there are great Renaissance cultural figures
like Francesco Petrarch and the Giulio Vasari; Popes such as Gregory X, "confronted the great problems of his
time by calling the Council of Lyon; attention to the Holy Land; peace and
relations among peoples - he was the first person in the West to exchange
ambassadors with Kublai Khan in China." He
hoped "that the City is always able to bring to fruition this precious
the same time, he asked for a conversion of lifestyles: " Since the remotest times, attention to others
has moved the Church to show concrete signs of solidarity with those in need, sharing
resources, promoting simpler lifestyles, going against an ephemeral culture
which has disappointed many and determined a profound spiritual crisis. May
this Diocesan Church, enriched by the shining witness of St Francis of Assisi,
continue to be caring and attentive towards those in need, and may it teach how
to go beyond purely materialistic ideologies that often mark our age and end up
clouding our sense of solidarity and charity.Witnessing to the love of God by caring for the weakest is tied to the
defence of human life, from its beginning to its natural end. In your Region,
ensuring everyone dignity, health and fundamental rights, is justly considered
an indispensable good. The defence of the family, through laws that are just
and protect the weakest elements, is always an important point that keeps the
fabric of society strong and offers hope for the future. "
The Pope ended
his homily with an invitation: "Continue serving God and man according to the teaching of Jesus, the
shining example of your saints and the tradition of your people. May the
maternal protection of Our Lady of Comfort, whom you love and venerate,
accompany and sustain you in this task. Amen. "
Following Mass, the Pope went to the cathedral to venerate the image of Our Lady of
Consolation and a meeting with the Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of Santa
Teresa Margaret Redi. After
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