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“It is good, especially in difficult times, when there is no shortage of challenges and sufferings, when future is uncertain and you feel tired, afraid of being unable to cope with it all, it is good to gather around the Lord, as we do today, to rejoice in his presence of new life and salvation he offers us, as the other shore we must strive to reach”. This is what the Pope as about 30 thousand faithful who listened to him applauded during the homily of the Mass celebrated at the “Barthelemy Boganda” Stadium of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, the last celebration on his journey to Africa.

“The other shore and, of course, eternal life, Heaven where we are awaited – the Pontiff stressed -. This look towards the future world has always supported the courage of the Christians, the poorest, the smallest, during their earthly pilgrimage. This eternal life is not an illusion, nor an escape from the world; it is a powerful reality that calls to us and which commits us to persevere in faith and love”.

Bergoglio’s prayer has taken the shape of a thank you to the “Lord of mercy for the most beautiful, generous, and courageous things He has allowed you to do in your families and communities, during the events that happened in your country for many years”. But also for the power “He gives us in our daily life when we experience physical or moral suffering, pain, mourning; for the acts of solidarity and generosity he makes us capable of; for the joy and love he makes shine in our families, our communities, despite the misery and violence that, at times, surrounds us or the fear of tomorrow; for the courage he puts in our souls to want to create bonds of friendship, to dialog with those who are not like us, to forgive those who have wronged us, to engage in the construction of a fairer and fraternal society where no one is left alone. In this, the risen Christ takes us by the hand and leads us to follow him”.

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