Sunday, July 19, 2009

‘Do not be discouraged!’ Pope Benedict tells faithful in economic crisis

Turin, Italy, Jul 19, 2009 / 10:08 am (CNA).- In the first public outing of his current vacation in Les Combes, Pope Benedict XVI told 9,000 faithful gathered in Italy’s Romano Canavese village, the birthplace of Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, not to be discouraged by the current economic crisis or to forget those people who are worse off.

Before the recitation of the Angelus prayer, his first public appearance since a minor accident broke his wrist on Thursday night, the Pope thanked the doctors of Aosta.

“I have been treated with skill and courtesy,” he said.

“Dear friends, do not be discouraged!” Pope Benedict continued, “Providence always helps those who do good and are committed to justice. It helps those who think not only of themselves, but also of those who are worse off.”

“The fundamental values of family and respect for human life, attention to social justice, the ability to tackle hard work and sacrifice, strong bonds with the Christian faith through parish life, especially participation in the Holy Mass, have been down through the centuries your true strength,” he said. “These same values will allow the generation of today to build their own future with hope, giving rise to a truly united and fraternal society, where all the different aspects, the institutions and the economy, are imbued with the Gospel.”

See also:

From Asia News, "
Pope: do not be discouraged by the crisis or forget those who are worse off"

From Zenit, "
Pope Urges Selflessness Faced to Economic Crisis"

And also from YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

Pope: May Encyclical mobilize forces to renew the world
July 19, 2009


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