Speaking of "the beloved and tormented Ukraine", Pope Francis said today that "there we returned to the drama of Cain and Abel; a violence that destroys life was unleashed, a Luciferian, diabolical violence, to which we believers are called to react with the power of prayer, with the concrete help of charity, with every Christian means so that weapons give way to negotiations ".
The Pontiff affirmed this when he received in audience the participants in the plenary assembly of the Reunion of Works for Aid to the Oriental Churches (Roaco).
"We would like Isaiah's prophecy of peace to be fulfilled soon: that a people no longer raise their hand against another people, that swords become plows and spears become sickles".
Pope Francis said this in the audience with the participants in the 95th plenary assembly of the Reunion of Works for Aid to the Oriental Churches (Roaco).
"Instead, everything seems to go in the opposite direction: food decreases and the roar of weapons increases. It is the 'cainic' pattern that holds history today - he added -. So let's not stop praying, fasting, helping, working so that the paths of peace find space in the jungle of conflicts ".
"The mafias win when fear takes over life, which is why they take over the mind and heart, stripping people of their dignity and freedom from within".
Pope Francis said this when he received the participants in the meeting promoted by the Pontifical International Marian Academy on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of the Anti-Mafia Investigative Directorate (Dia), and pointing the finger "towards the interests of partisan, corruption, greed, of violence, which are the DNA of mafia and criminal organizations ".
The Pontiff acknowledged those present to work "so that fear cannot overcome: you are therefore a support for change, a glimmer of light in the midst of darkness, a testimony of freedom. I encourage you to continue on this path: be strong and bring hope. , especially among the weakest ".
According to Francis, "when security and legality are lacking, the first to be damaged are in fact the most fragile and all those who in various ways can be called 'last'".
All of them, he stressed, "are the modern slaves on which mafia economies are built; they are the waste they need to pollute social life and the environment itself".
"I therefore urge you to come close to all these people, victims of bullying, trying to prevent and fight crime", she added.
"It is also important to resist Mafia cultural colonialism, through research, study and training activities, aimed at certifying that civil, social and environmental progress arise not from corruption and privilege, but rather from justice, freedom, 'honesty and solidarity ", he continued.
"Even the Mafia thought - he therefore observed 'off the cuff' - enters as if by a cultural colonization,
so much so that becoming a mafia is part of the culture, of the road that must be taken.
No, this is not right, this is a path of slavery ". According to the Pope," your work, delicate and risky, deserves to be appreciated and supported.
For my part, I encourage you to continue with enthusiasm, despite the presence in the social - and even ecclesial - fabric of some gray area in which it is difficult to perceive the clear distance from old ways of acting, erroneous and even immoral " .
"It is necessary that everyone, at every level, decisively take the path of justice and honesty - Bergoglio recommended -. And where there has been connivance and opacity, it is necessary to study the causes, leaving the right space for a healthy 'shame', without which change is not possible and mutual collaboration for the common good remains a chimera ".
"Dear brothers and sisters, I thank you therefore for what you are and for what you do - he concluded -. Do not tire of being close to people with tenderness and compassion; make yourselves more and more promoters of this love for the people, for their life. and for its future, which represents the synthesis of your own ideals, knowing that this love is able to generate new relationships and to give life to a more just order through 'homes' and 'families' enlivened by the ferment of equality, of justice and fraternity ".