• Italiano
regina coeli

“Dear brothers and sisters, yesterday in central Pakistan, Easter was bloodied by an execrable attack, which massacred so many innocent people, mostly families belonging to the Christian minority, especially women and children, gathered in a public park to spend Easter holidays in joy. I wish to express my closeness to all those affected by this cowardly and senseless crime. I also invite you to pray the Lord for the many victims and their loved ones.” Thus, Pope Francis recalled the victims of the attack that occurred on Sunday in Lahore, where a suicide bomber blew himself up on a playground crowded with families.
Moreover, the Pope addressed a heartfelt appeal to the Pakistani authorities to “make everything in their power to make the population feel secure and serene again, especially the most vulnerable religious minorities.” “I repeat once again that violence and murderous hatred only lead to pain and destruction, respect and fraternity are the only ways to achieve peace. May the Passover of the Lord inspire us, in an even stronger manner, to pray God – Francis said -, to stop the hands of the violent ones who sow terror and death, and for love, justice, and reconciliation to reign”.
Before Regina Caeli, the prayer that takes the place of the Angelus for the entire Easter season, during Angel’s Monday urged to meditate “with wonder and gratitude on the great mystery of the Resurrection of the Lord.” “If Christ has risen, we can look with new eyes and hearts at every event in our lives, even at the most negative ones. Moments of darkness, failure, and sin can be transformed and can announce a new journey. If we rely on Christ, His grace will save us.”
Then, the invocation to Mary who has “been standing next to the cross, who did not bend in the face of pain, but her faith has strengthened her. In the broken heart of a mother, the flame of hope has always been burning”.
“We ask her to help us fully accept the Easter proclamation of the resurrection too, in order to embody it in our daily lives”. Finally, Francis invited all the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to read every day a Gospel passage on the Resurrection: “Five minutes, no more, you can read a passage from the Gospel. Remember this!”

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