During the Angelus the day after the consistory, Pope Francis reflected on the difference between those who are sinful and those who are corrupt.
And there is always the hope of redemption for a sinner; for the corrupt, instead, it is much more difficult. In fact, the corrupt person’s false “yesses,” elegant but hypocritical façades and habitual false pretenses, are like a thick “rubber wall” to take cover behind from qualms of conscience. And these hypocrites do so much evil! Brothers and sisters, sinners yes – all of us are – corrupt no! Sinners yes, corrupt no!
The Pope announced that on November 6 he will organize a meeting with children from all over the world in the Paul VI Hall. The theme of the meeting is “Let us learn from children.”
It will be a meeting that will manifest the dream each of us has: to retrieve the pure sentiments of children, for the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like children. Children teach us how to be transparent in relationships, how to spontaneously welcome those who are strangers, and how to respect all of creation. Dear children, I too look forward to learning from all of you!
This Sunday was the feast day of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. The Pope took the occasion to mention that his apostolic exhortation on the message of this saint will be published on October 15.
Pope Francis also asked for prayers for Ukraine and for those displaced as a result of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.