THE PONTIFF TO THE HOMELESS ”NOT HAVING A HOME IS AN INJUSTICE” After having talked at the Congress, the Pope has visited the charity center of the St. Patrick's parish

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”We cannot find justifications of social, moral, or other kind to accept the lack of a place where to live. Those situations are unfair, but we know that God is suffering with us and lives them at our side. He does not leave us alone”. This is what affirmed Pope Francis during his visit to the charity center of the St. Patrick’s parish in Washington. The Pontiff was welcomed by the Rector of the church, inside of which there were hundreds of homeless people. He started his speech recalling the figure of St. Joseph, ”a person for whom I feel deep affection and who has played an important role in my life”. In his life, explained the Pope, ”there have been difficult situations”. One of those was when Virgin Mary was giving birth to Jesus”. We can easily imagine Joseph’s questions in that moment – he continued -. How is it possible? The son of God does not have a place where to live? Why do not we have a house? Why do not we have a roof above our heads? Those are questions, that many of us probably ask themselves every day”.

The Holy Father observed that ”in front of unfair and painful situations, faith offers us the light we need to keep away darkness.  As it happened to St.  Joseph, faith opens us to the silent presence of God  in every life, in every person, and in every situation”. Then he stressed that Jesus himself identified ”with all those who suffer, cry, and suffer from some kind of injustice”. According to the Pope, faith says that God is among us and his presence pushes us towards charity and towards donating ourselves to the others”. Jesus, he repeated, ”continues to knock on our door behind the face of a brother, that of a neighbor, behind the face of all those who are at our side”. Finally, he recalled the value of the prayer in which ”we find each other as brothers”. In it, ”there are no rich or poor”, ”no first- and second-class people” and ”our heart finds the strength not to become insensitive and cold in front of unfair situations”. As a sign of this closeness and union, the Pope concluded the meeting blessing the present and inviting them to recite ”Our father” together.

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