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2015-11-02

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on All Saints Day in Rome's biggest municipal cemetery, Campo Verano

The cemetery is located in a part of Rome that tourists don't often visit, so attendees mostly came from different Roman neighborhoods.

In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the Beatitudes of the Gospel. He especially focused on recognizing the need for patience and forgiveness.

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"How many times are we impatient, nervous, always prepared to complain. To others we have so many claims, but when they touch us, we react, raising our voice, as if we were the masters of the world.”

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” To recount this passage the Pope praised those who know to always forgive without exceptions.

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"They don't judge everything and everyone but instead try to put themselves in others' shoes. Forgiveness is something that we all need. No one is excluded.”

Pope Francis also recalled the "sowers of peace,” those who don't look for personal benefit but instead selflessly make peace with patience and consistency.

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"Look at the face of those who go around spreading weeds. Are they happy? Those who always look for opportunities to deceive, to take advantage of others. They're happy? No. They cannot be happy. Instead those who every day, with patience, seek to sow peace, are artisans of peace, of reconciliation.”

Thousands of years ago, Verano was an area for wealthy and powerful families. Now it is a popular neighborhood and its cemetery is one of the best known. But it's also an artistic center. Some of the most famous Italian sculptors of the last two centuries left their mark there.


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