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Pope Francis invites all to be a Church that is a voice of hope

During his stay in Mexico, Pope Francis highlighted his interest in social problems, in the pain and suffering of the people to whom he addressed his optimistic messages of hope and comfort. His smile is the common denominator in their language and attitudes of love the verb that is conjugated permanently.

“The tears of those who suffer are not sterile”

“The tears of those who suffer are not sterile,” he said, while showing concern about “small and displaced persons” and calls all the baptized to be like San Juan Diego, the ambassadors of the Virgin of Guadalupe, through the works of mercy that evoke the Gospel of the Beatitudes.

The Holy Father also expressed his concern for young people especially since he considers them to be the greatest wealth of Mexico. He gave words of comfort for the neglected elderly. He reminded everyone that mercy remains a Christian duty.

ACN-20140307-05892 (1)May Mexico become a land of opportunity for all

Aid to the Church in Need was present at the Pope’s visit through its Mexican office and was able to observe all the comings and goings of the Holy Father. Through social media channels, the international charity organization was able to transmit some of his words and actions.

The indigenous world has had a place in his discourses.  On the first day of his stay in Mexico, the Pope asked that the many contributions of the First Peoples be recognized, such as in building a pluralistic and prosperous nation, full of hope. The Pope said he wished for a Mexico which would become a land of opportunity for all, without people having to look for them outside their homeland. Thus, the phenomenon of migration, not only in Mexico but in the world, is present in his words and in his heart, and at all times, calls for solidarity and mercy.

Referring to the Gospel and the first Sunday of Lent (Christ in the desert) the Pope also warned that we should avoid falling into three common temptations ill-gotten wealth derived from drug trafficking, corruption and other causes; vanity that seeks to place itself above the other and pride, who also had three temptations Christ in the wilderness. The Pope noted that Jesus did not answer any of these temptations – because one cannot dialogue with the devil.

The message of the Holy Father certainly touches the hearts of many people who go through similar or different circumstances. Today we remember that we are called as Missionaries of Mercy and of Peace; a peace that cries out from Mexico under siege of so much violence, injustice, and inequality.

Pope Francis invites all Mexicans, to be a Church that is a voice of hope to build a different world where there is opportunity for all.


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