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For Jerusalem an appeal to moderation and dialogue

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For Jerusalem an appeal to moderation and dialogue

At the Angelus on
Sunday, 23 July, the Pope launched a heartfelt appeal to moderation and
dialogue for Jerusalem. After sharing that he had been “€œfollowing with
trepidation the grave tension and violence these days”€ in the Holy City,
Francis asked the faithful present in Saint Peter”€™s Square to join him “€œin
praying that the Lord may inspire in everyone the aims of reconciliation and

Moments before, the Pontiff had reflected on the day”€™s
Gospel reading (Mt 13:24-43) dedicated to “€œthree parables through which Jesus
speaks to the crowds about the Kingdom of God”€. Focusing in particular on the
first of the three, that of the good wheat and the weeds, the Pope explained
that this parable “€œillustrates the
problem of evil in the world and highlights God”€™s patience”€. In fact, “€œwith this image, Jesus tells us that in this
world good and evil are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate them
and uproot all evil. God alone can do this, and he will do so in the last
judgement”€. Thus “€œthe difficult exercise of discernment between good and evil”€
is carried out in “€œthe field of Christians”€™ freedom”€. He then pointed out that
this field “€œinvolves connecting, with
great trust in God and in his providence, two seemingly contradictory
approaches”€. The first “€œis that of wanting to be good wheat “€¦ and thus
keeping away from the evil one”€. The second means “€œpreferring a Church that is
leaven in the dough, that is not afraid to get her hands dirty washing her
children”€™s clothes, rather than a Church of “€˜pure ones”€™ who presume to judge
ahead of time who will be in the Kingdom of God and who will not”€. Today, the
Pope noted, the Lord “€œhelps us to understand that good and evil cannot be
identified with definite territories or defined human groups: “€˜These are the
good, those are the bad”€™”€. On the contrary, he added, “€œthe boundary line
between good and evil passes through the heart of each person”€. For this
reason, the Pope concluded, God “€œalso gave us Confession, because we all need
to be forgiven of our sins”€.


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