April 15, 2021

The Pope asks for a Church "without borders", supportive and attentive to problems

Pope Francis today renewed his call for a "borderless" Church capable of addressing people's problems, during his first general audience with the faithful after the summer break in July.

Reviewing the "Acts of the Apostles," the pontiff recalled Jesus' dealings with a beggar: "Here we see the portrait of a Church that looks at the one who is in difficulty to create meaningful relationships, bridges of friendship and solidarity," he explained.

"It is the face of a Church without borders that feels like a mother of all, and that lives the art of accompaniment that is characterized by the delicacy with which it approaches the sacred land of the other," he said.

The pope defended, in short, a Church that acts as "an open house", at a time when the question of the reception of immigration is very hot in Italy.

"Let's not forget, the hand always out," urged the Pope to the thousands of faithful who listened to him in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican.

At the time of greeting the faithful of the Arabic language, the Pope conveyed his "affection" to the refugee children hosted by the Cooperative "Auxilium", which assists immigrants arriving in the country.

On the other hand, the pontiff recalled when the temple, besides being a religious center, was also dedicated to economic and financial exchanges.

Something that continues to occur today, as he lamented: "How many times I think about this when I visit a parish that is believed to be more important money than the sacraments. Please, a poor Church. Let us ask that to the Lord," he said.

This Wednesday was the first general audience of the Pope after the month of rest that takes the month of July, in which he has remained in the Vatican.

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