Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Saturday 31 July |
Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius Loyola
home iconChurch
line break icon

Angelus Remarks in Cuba: “…Stay Close to the Cross of Suffering Brothers”


Aleteia - published on 09/20/15

Pope Francis sends message to Colombia

Angelus Address, Havana, Plaza de la Revolución

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I thank Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of Havana, for his kind words, as well as my brother bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful. I also greet the President and all the authorities present.

We heard in the Gospel as the disciples were afraid to question Jesus when he spoke of his passion and death. He frightened them and they could not understand the idea of ​​seeing Jesus suffering on the cross. We too are tempted to flee our crosses and the crosses of others, to turn away from the suffering. At the end of the Mass, in which Jesus is again given to us with his body and blood, now turn our gaze to the Virgin, our Mother. And we ask her to teach us to stay close to the cross of suffering brothers. That we learn to see Jesus in every man weary of life on the road; in every brother hungry or thirsty, it is stripped or sick or in prison. Together with Mother, under the cross, we can figure out who is really “the greatest”, and what it means to be united to the Lord and share in his glory.

We learn from Mary to have a heart awake and attentive to the needs of others. As we were taught at the Wedding at Cana, we are reminders in the small details of life, and do not stop praying for each other, because no one lacks the wine of love again, the joy that Jesus offers us.

Right now I feel compelled to turn my thoughts to the beloved land of Colombia, “aware of the crucial importance of the present moment, in which, with renewed effort and moved by hope, his children are trying to build a peaceful society.” That the blood of thousands of innocent people during many decades of armed conflict, together with that of Jesus Christ on the Cross, to support all the efforts that you are making, on this beautiful island, for a final reconciliation. And so the long night of pain and violence, with the will of all Colombians, can be transformed into an unending day of harmony, justice, brotherhood and love, respect for the institutions and the national and international law, because peace is durable. Please, we can not afford another failure in this path of peace and reconciliation.

I invite you now to join me in prayer to Mary, to put all our concerns and aspirations at the heart of Christ. And in a special way we pray for those who have lost hope, and do not find reasons to keep fighting; for those who suffer injustice, abandonment and loneliness; We pray for the elderly, the sick, children and young people, for all the families in need, because Maria dry their tears, to comfort them with his love of Mother, return them hope and joy. Holy Mother, I entrust these sons of Cuba: never leave them!

PopePope Francis
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
Mathilde De Robien
Did you know Princess Di was buried with a rosary?
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
Lauren Daigle
J-P Mauro
After 3 years Lauren Daigle ousts herself from #1 Billboard spot
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.