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The Price Of The Conflict In Syria

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The Price Of The Conflict In Syria

“€œIt is unacceptable that so many defenceless people “€” even many children “€” must pay the price of the conflict”€
in Syria. The Pope chose strong words at the Angelus on Sunday, 7 August, again denouncing the tragedy of the Syrian peoples and the powerful for their lack of
will for peace.

From the window at the end of the Marian prayer, the Pontiff stated that “€œunfortunately news of civilian victims of war continues to arrive
from Syria, from Aleppo in particular”€. He thus called for closeness “€œin prayer and solidarity with our Syrian brothers and sisters”€, inviting silent prayer for them, followed by a collective “€œHail Mary”€. Beforehand, commenting on
Sunday”€™s Reading from the Gospel of Luke (12, 32-48) in which “€œJesus speaks to his disciples about the attitude to assume in view of
the final encounter with him, and explains that the expectation of this encounter should impel us to a life rich with good works”€.

In comparing life to “€œa vigil of diligent expectation”€ and exhorting the use of goods for others, especially those most in need, the Pontiff paid homage to vigilance. Because, he noted, “€œwe can be so attached to money, and have many things, but in the end we cannot take them with us”€. Indeed, he said, “€œthe shroud has no pockets”€.

He then expanded upon the theme of vigilance with a re-reading of the three parables in the Gospel passage. The
first, that of “€œthe servants waiting for their master to return at night”€, recalling the “€œbeatitude of faithfully awaiting the Lord, of being ready”€. The second deals with “€œthe unexpected arrival of the thief”€. Indeed, a disciple is “€œone who awaits the Lord and his Kingdom”€. And the third, that of the steward and the departure of the master, clarifies this perspective even further. In fact, “€œin the first scene, the steward
faithfully carries out his tasks and receives compensation”€, while in the second scene, “€œthe steward abuses his authority, and beats his servants, for which, upon the master”€™s unexpected return, he will be punished”€. This situation, Francis commented, “€œis also frequent in our time: so much daily injustice, violence and cruelty are born from the idea of behaving as masters of the lives of others”€. This is why, he concluded, “€œJesus reminds us today that the expectation of the eternal beatitude does not relieve us of the duty to render the world more just and more habitable”€.


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