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Pope To Visit Quake Victims

Pope Francis will visit the people impacted by the earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy, so as to personally bring them “€œthe comfort of faith, the embrace of a father and brother, and the support of Christian hope”€. The Pontiff made the announcement after reciting
the Angelus on Sunday, 28 August, with the faithful in St Peter”€™s Square.

After the Marian prayer, before greeting the various groups present, the Pope renewed
his “€œspiritual closeness”€ to the victims of the recent quake in Lazio, the
Marches and Umbria. “€œ I think in particular”€, he said, “€œof the people of
Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata and Pescara del Tronto, and Norcia. I would like to
again say to those dear people that the Church shares in their suffering and
their concerns”€. After asking the faithful to pray “€œfor those who have died and
for those who have survived”€, Francis expressed gratitude to “€œthe authorities,
police, civil protection and volunteers who are serving”€. Their attentiveness,
he remarked, “€œshows how important solidarity is in overcoming such painful
trials”€. This was the spirit of his message to the people of the affected
areas: “€œas soon as possible I too hope to come to see you.

Earlier the Pontiff spoke about the two Gospel parables from the day”€™s liturgy and
focused on the values of humility and gratuity. “€œHistory teaches that pride,
careerism, vanity and ostentation”€, he said, “€œare the causes of many evils. And
Jesus helps us to understand the necessity of choosing the last place, that is,
of seeking to be small and hidden”€. In particular he noted that Jesus “€œgives
voice to those who are voiceless”€, and urges us “€œto open our hearts”€ and to
share in “€œthe sufferings and anxieties of the poor, the hungry, the
marginalized, the refugees”€ and to all those “€œwho are rejected by society and
by the arrogance of the strong”€.

After the Angelus, Pope Francis recalled the beatification of Sr Mari­a Antonia de San
Jose, which took place on Saturday in Argentina. He also reminded the faithful
of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be celebrated
on Thursday, 1 September.


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