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Pope in Angelus: Do not despair because of your own limits

 Before beginning the Angelus, the pope warned of the temptation to feel too sure of oneself, without taking into account one's own limits. In his homily, he recalled that those who are not accepted sometimes looks for alternative outlets, such as addictions or superstition.

"This explains why many people, looking for a way out, sometimes take dangerous shortcuts such as the tunnel of drugs, or superstition, or ruinous magic rituals. It is good to know our own limits, our own frailty; we must know them, but not despair."

He explained that the Mass readings on Sunday invite us to be happy, because God never abandons humanity despite its faults.

"We should not be discouraged when we see our limits, our sins, our weaknesses. God is nearby. Jesus is on the cross to heal us. This is the love of God."

At the end, the pope greeted those who participated in the "Vatican Hackathon," an IT marathon that united more than 100 "hackers" for a good cause: to make proposals to help solve specific social problems.

"It is nice to place the intelligence God gives us, at the service of truth and of the most needy."

It was very good weather in Rome, so about 30,000 people were present in St. Peter's Square. Many of them greeted the pope with red balloons.