“This sad happening does not distract me from the work of reform we are carrying on with my collaborators and with the support of all of you”. Those are Pope Francis’s words, pronounced during the Angelus, on the new “Vatileaks” scandal. “I know that many of you – he explained from the window of the office in the Vatican Apostolic Palace – were disturbed by the news which have circulated those last days about confidential documents of the Holy See that were stolen and published”. The theft of those documents, he has observed, “is a crime, a regrettable act that does not help. I asked myself study them and those documents were already well known to me and my collaborators”.
Pope Bergoglio reiterated the importance of the “support of the whole Church, because the Church is renewed with the prayer and the everyday holiness of every baptized person”. “Therefore – he stressed – I thank you and ask you to continue to pray for the Pope and the Church, without being upset but going ahead with trust and hope”. Besides, during the meditation he has commented on the gospel passage in which, in the temple of Jerusalem, “the rich have given, with great fanfare, what was unnecessary to them, while the widow, with discretion and humility, gave everything she had for living’. According to the Holy Father, “even today there is a risk to assume these attitudes” when “separates the prayer by justice, because we cannot worship God and damage the poor” or “when we say we love God, then put our vainglory or profit before him”.
“At present, Jesus – explained Francis – says also to us that the yardstick is not quantity, but fullness; is not a question of portfolio, but of heart”. In front of the neighbour’s needs, he added, “we are called to deprive ourselves of something essential, and not just of the superfluous; we are called to give the necessary time, not only the extra time; we are called to give right now and without reserves some of our talents, not after it has been used for our own purposes or groups”. Finally he also recalled the gear for the land that has ended in St Peter’s square: “In Italy today we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day, that theme this year is ‘the soil, the common good’.