Sunday, April 08, 2007

He is Risen!

"How much suffering there is in the world!

... I am thinking of the scourge of hunger, of incurable diseases, of terrorism and kidnapping of people, of the thousand faces of violence which some people attempt to justify in the name of religion, of contempt for life, of the violation of human rights and the exploitation of persons.

...Zimbabwe is in the grip of a grievous crisis, and for this reason the bishops of that country in a recent document indicated prayer and a shared commitment for the common good as the only way forward...

...In Darfur and in the neighbouring countries, there is a catastrophic, and sadly to say underestimated, humanitarian situation...

... In Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo the violence and looting of the past weeks raises fears for the future of the Congolese democratic process and the reconstruction of the country...

... Nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees...

... Through the wounds of the Risen Christ we can see the evils which afflict humanity with the eyes of hope.

Brothers and sisters in faith, who are listening to me from every part of the world!

Christ is risen and he is alive among us!

It is he who is the hope of a better future."

-- Pope Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi (To the City and to the World), Easter 2007

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