“I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished, and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.”
The saints are close to us and they tell us the way of the Beatitudes is not about doing extraordinary things, but about following every day this way that leads us to Heaven.
“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognise their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”
“When I arrived at the break of day, I saw a destroyed village, screams, death... We are truly in a desperate situation" - Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole of Ascoli Piceno.
Refugees are people like everyone else, who have been deprived by war of their homes, their jobs, their parents and their friends, Pope Francis stresses.
The “pervasive crime, gangland killings and continued threat of paramilitary violence" as well as poverty & homelessness shows "much still needs to be done to create a culture of life & prosperity for all."
“To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them."
Francis "conveys his closeness to the Greek people, with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a complex & keenly felt human and social crisis”.
“Jesus has compassion on those who mourn because the death of a loved one is never without pain for families. This is especially true of parents who lose a child": Pope