Migrants, Pope Francis: “The dead are a shame, enough indifference”

“On the occasion of the celebration commemorating the 10th anniversary of your visit to Lampedusa, I would like to send you, the faithful of the Archdiocese, the authorities and those present, my cordial greeting. I am close to you with affection, prayer and encouragement. Dear ones, in these days in which we are witnessing the repetition of serious tragedies in the Mediterranean, we are shaken by the silent massacres in front of which we still remain helpless and astonished. The death of innocent people, mainly children, in search of a more peaceful existence, far from wars and violence, it is a painful and deafening cry that cannot leave us indifferent. It is the shame of a society that no longer knows how to cry and pity the other”, thus begins the message that Pope Francis delivered to the Archbishop of Agrigento , Alessandro Damiano, on the occasion of the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the first apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Lampedusa.

Pope Francis: “We must not remain imprisoned in fear”

“Ten years have passed since the journey I wanted to make in the Lampedusan community to show my support and paternal closeness – writes the Holy Father – to those who, after arduous ups and downs, at the mercy of the sea, have landed on your shores. so inhuman must absolutely shake consciences; God still asks us: ‘Adam where are you? Where is your brother?’ Do we want to persevere in error, claim to put ourselves in the Creator’s place, dominate to protect one’s own interests, break the constitutive harmony between Him and us? We need to change our attitude; the brother who knocks on the door is worthy of love, acceptance and every concern. He is a brother who, like me, was placed on earth to enjoy what exists there and share it in communion”. In this context, warns Pope Francis, “we are all called to a renewed and profound sense of responsibility, showing solidarity and sharing. It is therefore necessary that the Church, in order to be truly prophetic, works diligently to set itself on the paths of forgotten, coming out of itself, soothing with the balm of fraternity and charity the bleeding wounds of those who bear the same wounds of Christ imprinted on their bodies”. Pope Francis continues: “I therefore urge you not to remain imprisoned in fear or partisan logic, but be Christians capable of fertilizing this island, located in the heart of the Mare Nostrum, with the spiritual riches of the Gospel, so that it may once again shine in its original beauty While I thank each of you, radiant and merciful face of the Father, for your commitment to assisting migrants, I entrust the dead in the crossings to the Lord of life, and I gladly impart my Blessing, asking please to pray for me” , concluded the Pontiff.