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Jubilee: Pope prays in Saint Peter's with victims of unjust violence

2016-05-05


One of the Works of Mercy that the Church proposes in the Jubilee is "to comfort those who mourn." Therefore, symbolically, the Pope met with those representing the deepest pains.

Some had lost their children in traffic accidents, others in work accidents and others in war.

"I am the mother of Rafael and Clara present here with us, and also of Antonio, my first son, who has been in Heaven for almost five years now. He inexplicably decided to take his own life at only 15 years old. Antonio has dragged me, my life, and my mind to his grave with him. However, in that devastating moment, the love of God poured over my life, all my tears dried, and He gave me strength. This love keeps me and prevented me from going crazy, destroying myself and my family. "

"My name is Rafael and I am 14 years old. Five years ago I lost my brother, I was nine years old and my sister was five. I felt lost and abandoned during this period. I experienced a great rage, especially with the Lord, asking why He had deprived me of my brother. This led me away from the Church, but I have gradually matured and grown. Above all, seeing the strength of my parents who moved forward, they moved forward with our family; I had a conversion with God."

Felix Qaiser is a Pakistani journalist who has traveled his country to show the ordeals everyday Christians face there. However, because of his work, he had to leave the country.

"My articles, my fame, attracted the attention of some terrorist groups who considered my words a real attack to their country and to Islam.”
"From everyone, I received the same decided and unappealable response. It's finished, leave work and the city. Put your family in safety and get out as fast as you can.”

This famous Italian comedian found success, but never imagined that apart from the fame he received, he would be very lonely. One day, he realized that God loves him and decided to devote himself to helping people with addictions.

"Although I had everything I needed and seemed to be happy, I was lonely, empty, unloved, without a motive to live. Then I started asking questions to understand where I went wrong."

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"The tears of Jesus serve as an antidote to my indifference before the suffering of my brothers and sisters. His tears teach me to make my own pain, the pain of others, to share in the discouragement and sufferings of those experiencing painful situations.” 

During the ceremony, many wrote their concerns, and went up to a reliquary holding the tears that, according to tradition, were shed from a sculpture of the Virgin Mary.

Then they prayed together for those in danger of death, for those who are tortured or used for experiments, for the victims of war, abused children and the mistreated, the sick and those who are troubled, live alone or are abandoned.

It was a simple encounter, but certainly one of great symbolic value. One of the most intense during the Jubilee of Mercy.


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