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Pope Francis recaps his trip to Kazakhtan during his General Audience


During his General Audience, Pope Francis spoke of his trip to Kazakhstan where he participated in the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. He said that the gathering and its final document is “one more step forward on the path of inter-religious dialogue.” 

The Pope also discussed his meeting with Kazakhstan's Catholic community, which he said is a “small yet faithful flock, fortified by the example of its saints, especially during the years of persecution.” 

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Following my recent Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan, I once more express my gratitude to the President of the Republic, the civil authorities, Bishops and lay faithful, and the many volunteers for their warm welcome. The primary purpose of my visit was to attend the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, whose aim is to promote peace and human fraternity in our world. This gathering, together with its Final Declaration, is one more step forward on the path of inter-religious dialogue, and continues a journey that began with the historic meeting in Assisi in 1986.   

This path also includes the Document on Human Fraternity signed in Abu Dhabi in 2019. When speaking of these noble efforts, we must also remember the many martyrs of diverse nationalities and backgrounds who have borne faithful witness in their daily lives to God’s desire for peace and fraternity among his children. In addition to encouraging the nation in its vocation as a Country of Encounter, I was able to meet members of the local Church. This small yet faithful flock, fortified by the example of its saints, especially during the years of persecution, is open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Indeed, it was fitting that we could celebrate Mass together on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, an instrument of suffering and death turned into the ultimate sign of hope and salvation. Let us pray that God will abundantly bless the people of Kazakhstan and the life of the pilgrim Church in that land.

JM