“When difficulties seem to tarnish prospects of a better future, when one eperiences failure and emptiness around us, the nit is the right moment for Christian hope, founded by our resurrected Lord accompanied by a larger chaitable effort towards the most needy”. These were the words of Pope Francis during the audience in Paolo VI hall to 5 thousand pilgrims from the diocese of Isernia. The meeting comes after 10 months from the pastoral visito f the Ponitfice in the region of Molise. Peter’s sucessor, during his speech, focused mainly on the “chronic problem of unemployment, which mainly affects the new generations, that are all the more moving abroad”.
According to the Pontifice this “scenario is quite concerning” and requires “effective steps to be taken in order to create new jobs” and a “joint effort on the part of everyone from people, institutions, private and various civil bodies to stand up against the problem.” He ha salso emphasised how important it i sto do the utmost in giving work, especially for the youth, creating jobs, “even minor ones”, doing also “small things” in order to create job opportunities. The Holy Father, indicating “numerous and serious problems that affect them” the region Molise has also spoken of the “lack of appropriate services that donot meet the effective needs of people – in particular the elderly, the ill and the disabled – and families”.
During the audience the Bishop of Rome cracked jokes with the participants alluding to the figure of Celestino V, the Pope of “great refusals”, who abbandoned the eternal city in order to go and be a hermit in Molise. “The moment I took over – he said – I saw the joy in your faces, but are you yourselves joyful, eh? You are joyful. And ow I under stand little by little, why Pope Celestino was not joyful in Rome and came back to you, for your joy”. During the first part of the morning, the Pope preside dover the ‘Last Commendatio’ and ‘Valedictio’ soon after the funeral of Cardinal Giovanni Canestri, emeritus Arch-Bishop of Genoa, who passed away 29 April last aged 96. Mass had been celebrated at the Basilica in the Vatican by Cardinal Angelo Sodano Dean.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati