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Questions from orphaned children bring pope to tears


But encountering Christ, Francis assured, "brings life where there is death."

The Holy See made public this week the exchange between Pope Francis and Romanian orphans during a meeting held January 4 at the Vatican. The Lord wants to heal our wounds to “bring life,” the pope told the children.

During the meeting, the Supreme Pontiff confessed to having cried while reading the questions of these abandoned children. Their situation, he asserted, is not due to any fault on their part, but to the “great fragility of adults.” This, he said, is the result of “material and spiritual misery, of an erroneous, inhuman social system.”

Pope Francis said he could not explain why some are orphaned or disabled from birth. However, he said he could offer a “divine” response: the Lord wants to heal these wounds. Encountering Christ, he assured, “brings life where there is death.”

The Christian community, the Bishop of Rome continued, can do the same “when it is truly united to Jesus.” The Church can “go beyond where love has been lacking” by “fraternally” confiding in each other.

The Lord, the Successor of Peter continued, gave his life for all people. Thus, even when dealing with situations of great fragility, He is never “scared.” The Lord, the pope insisted, takes the lost sheep “on his shoulders and, full of joy, brings it back home.”

In addition, the pontiff emphasized that we must go to Mass to recognize ourselves as sinners before the Lord to let him transform our life “by his mercy.” Thus, at Mass “we must not only look at God, but allow ourselves to be looked at by Him.”

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